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"Buzz, buzz, buzz!"
— Duck

Buzz Buzz, retitled James Goes Buzz Buzz in American releases, is the seventeenth episode of the third season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode, "Stacy Cleans Up".


Trevor is enjoying his work in the Vicarage Orchard. It is a beautiful day with birds singing and apples ripening. James arrives and compliments how Trevor feels as well as his paint. Trevor admits that he is bright and cheerful and explains to James that the buzzing noise is from the bees, that are making honey. Trevor is to take the beehives to the station, and the Vicar is to give some of his honey to his friends. When BoCo arrives, he warns the two to not make the bees sting. But James ignores BoCo and they both leave and set off for the next station.

Bill and Ben are busy arranging trucks but they leave when they find BoCo, who tells Duck about the time he first met Bill and Ben. Duck nicknames the twins "The Bees" and BoCo chuckles and finds a good nickname. James hassles in after having overheard the conversation, he butts in asking Duck if he is ever afraid of bees, and boasts that he would make the bees buzz off by blowing smoke at them, much to Duck's amusement.

The next morning, James prepares to pull the Express and as the passengers prepare to board the train, the porter is in a hurry and accidentally knocks over a beehive and it shatters, causing a swarm of disgruntled bees to buzz onto his boiler. One burns its foot, and in retaliation stings James on the nose, turning it red and swollen. James, unbeknownst to him and his crew, run off only to leave his coaches behind and tries to get the bees off by methods such as spinning on a turntable, washing them off and smoking them out in a tunnel, but all methods are unsuccessful. His driver suggested on going back to the orchard, which allowed the bees to fly off when they saw a beehive at the Wellsworth vicarage.

The Vicar is grateful and thanks James for saving the bees, also noting that if it were Christmas, they could nickname him "James the Red-Nosed Engine." Instead, they prefer to call him "the bee's knees," as a sign of how useful he is.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Main Line Engines.
  • A man trips while running out of the station; he then picks himself up, gives the beehive one last look and runs away.
  • The bee that burns himself is animated. It was animated by Peter Chiang of the Magic Camera Company. They were only credited when the episode was first released in 1992.
  • This was the only time that cartoon animation was used until Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • A limited edition Wooden Railway "James goes Buzz Buzz" set was released to commemorate this episode. It featured a James with a red nose that, when rubbed, would temporarily go away, as well as BoCo, a turntable, a station with a beehive and the VHS James Goes Buzz Buzz and Other Thomas Stories.
  • The Vicar tells James "It's a pity it's not Christmas, then we could call you James the Red-Nosed Engine." This is a reference to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • In the restored version, the scene of James spinning on the turntable is slowed down and the shot of a male and female passenger staring at the broken hive is omitted.
  • S.S. Vienna's model from TUGS can be seen as Bill and Ben leave.
  • In Norway, this episode is named "James and the Bees". In Germany, it is called "Hum, Hum, Hum". The Italian title is "Bees Attack". In Japan, this episode is called "James' Bees".


  • When Bill and Ben puff away, one is not puffing smoke.
  • Studio equipment is visible when BoCo talks to Duck.
  • When the people are racing out of the station, the platform bounces up in some frames, and one of the stone pillars by the entrance moves slightly.
  • When the bees fly around the driver and fireman, James' cab roof is white. In the same shot, the station wall behind them is a blank, grey wall.
  • The station was supposed to be clear after the beehive fell. But when James leaves, a person is visible in the station.
  • In some scenes, a vine or something of sorts is wrapped around James' funnel.
  • The bee that stung James' nose was described as a male, but male bees do not sting.
  • In the Buzz Book, one picture shows BoCo with a yellow bufferbeam.
  • When James arrives at Tidmouth, he stops at the front of the station; but in his point-of-view of the bee, he is in the middle of the station.
  • There appear to be two Mrs. Kyndley's at Tidmouth, one in her first season form and one in her fifth season form.
  • The bee that stung James has only four legs, when bees actually have six.
  • When James backs on his train before being stung, he moves too far back and hits the coaches. They can be seen moving backwards after James stops.


  • James: Hello, Trevor. You look as bright and cheerful as my red paint.
  • Trevor: Oh, I am.
  • James: What's that noise?
  • Trevor: It's the bees. They're all in these boxy things called beehives. I'm taking them to the station. The Vicar says his bees make good honey and he's giving some of them to his friends.
  • [BoCo arrives]
  • BoCo: Take care, you two. Don't make the bees angry. They might sting you.
  • [James ignores BoCo and leaves the orchard]


  • BoCo: I remember the first time I met those 2. They nearly made my eyes pop out. Edward soon put a stop to their games.
  • Duck: Edward is the only one who can keep Bill and Ben in order. I sometimes call them the bees.
  • BoCo: A good name. They're terrors when they start buzzing around.
  • [James bustles in]
  • James: What's that, Duck? Are you afraid of bees? They're only insects, after all. So don't let that buzz-box diesel tell you different.
  • Duck: His name is BoCo, and he didn't. We--
  • James: I wouldn't care if hundreds were swarming around! I'd just blow smoke and make them buzz off!
  • Duck: Buzz, buzz, buzz.


  • James: [after the bees swarm to his boiler] Buzz off! Buzz off!
  • Narrator: One bee burned his foot.
  • Bee: Ooh! Aah! Ow! Phew! Phew!
  • Narrator: The bee thought James had burned it on purpose, so it stung James right back on the nose. (the bee stings James)
  • James: EEEEEEEE!!!


  • Wooden Railway - James Goes Buzz Buzz set and James Goes Buzz Buzz Collection Piece (both discontinued)
  • TrackMaster - James Goes Buzz Buzz (discontinued)
  • Buzz Books - James and the Bees

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Summ, Summ, Summ Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Norwegian James og biene James and the Bees
Spanish Bzzz Bzzz Buzz Buzz
Japanese あかはなのジェームス James of the Red Nose
Italian Api all'attacco Attack of the bees
Dutch Gezoem Buzz
Polish Pszczoły Bees
Danish James og Bierne James and the Bees
Finnish Pörinää Buzz
Hungarian Méhek Bees
Chinese 嗡嗡嗡嗡 Hum Hum
Slovenian Brenčanje Buzzing
Greek Οι μέλισσες Bees
Russian Жу, Жу Zhu, Zhu
Ukrainian Знищання Destruction
Czech Velke Bzuceni Great Buzzing
Romanian Bâzz, Bâzz Buzz, Buzz
Slovak Veľké Bzučanie Loud Buzzing
Welsh Helynt Hefo Gwenyn Controversy With Bees
Swedish James och bina James and Bees
Thai เจมส์โดนผึ้งต่อย James Hit a Bee Siding

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