James the Red Engine
  • Number:: 5
  • Original Number:: Unknown
  • First Appearance:: Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  • Voice Actors:: Keith Wickham (UK) and Kerry Shale (US)
  • Gender:: Male
  • Stationed:: Tidmouth MPD.
  • Class:: L&YR Hughes Class 28 with Fowler tender
  • Designer:: George Hughes
  • Configuration:: 2-6-0, originally 0-6-0
  • Built at:: 1912/13
  • Came to Sodor:: 1925

James is a vain red mixed-traffic engine.


James was built by George Hughes at Horwich Works in 1912 as an 0-6-0 with wooden brakes. After his first accident he had his front sandboxes removed, was rebuilt into a 2-6-0 with a proper brake and a Fowler tender and repainted red with gold stripes and black lining. He was troublesome when he returned, ruining Sir Topham Hatt's new top-hat with his steam and jarring his coaches so much a brake pipe leaks. He was threatened to be painted blue (which James detests), but later made the line's worst trucks behave after being given a second chance.