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"I seem to know the right line by instinct."
— Gordon
JamesandtheExpress45
James and the Express/A Proud Day
for James
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

The Reverend W.
Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)

Narrator

Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 7th,
1984 (UK)
February 26th,
1989 (US)

Previous episode

Troublesome
Trucks
/
Foolish
Freight Cars

Next episode

Thomas and
the Guard
/
Thomas and
the Conductor

James and the Express, retitled A Proud Day for James in American releases, is the tenth episode of the first season. It aired on Shining Time Station episode, "Show and Yell".

Plot

Although James is finally making a good impression on the Fat Controller after his success with some troublesome trucks, he still finds himself subject to teasing by Gordon and Henry when they are alone in the shed. They constantly remind him of how a bootlace was needed to help him finish a journey with coaches, and while James reminds them of Gordon getting stuck on a hill and Henry refusing to leave a tunnel, neither of them let up. Gordon boasts that he is the only engine capable of pulling the Express alone, claiming that he has never lost his way (conveniently forgetting that it is the signalman who ensures engines don't get lost).

The next morning, James and Gordon prepare for work. Gordon once again harps on about how he gets to pull the Express while James is left with 'odd jobs' before sending the red engine to fetch his coaches. James, now knowing to be extra careful especially with the elegant express coaches, takes them nicely into Knapford Station. James tells the coaches that he would love to be able to take the Express, before leaving them for Gordon who couples himself to the train as nosily and importantly as possible. Gordon then leaves with a train full of passengers, one of which is none other than the Fat Controller. James then goes back to work shunting trucks and fetching coaches.

Later, James is in the station when Gordon quietly slides into the station, trying not to be noticed. James asks if Gordon 'lost his way,' and Gordon admits he was mistakenly switched off the main line and forced onto a long loop back to the station. James finds this funny, however the passengers are furious and demand refunds from the Fat Controller, who promises to find another train. With Gordon out of steam and no other engines available, the Fat Controller asks James if he wants to take the Express. James is more than happy to, and quickly couples himself up. The Fat Controller wishes James luck, and he pulls out of the station. The journey goes without incident, and upon reaching their destination the passengers thank James for a nice journey. The Fat Controller is very impressed with James, and asks if he would like to pull the Express sometimes. James is very happy and says yes at once.

The next day when James sees Gordon pushing trucks, the larger engine is enjoying the simpler work and getting to teach the trucks some manners. Gordon then congratulates James on his success with the Express.

Gordon and James soon become good friends. James takes the Express for Gordon sometimes to allow him to rest. Bootlaces are never mentioned, and the two very much agree when it comes to their opinion of trucks.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, James the Red Engine.
  • Stock footage from James and the Coaches is used.
  • There are differences between the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
    • Ringo Starr speaks faster in the US version.
    • The line, "...the signalman sets the points to make the engines run on the right lines" was changed to "...the signalman sets the switches to make the engines run on the right tracks" in the US versions.
    • In the UK narration, after Gordon and Henry were said to have been teasing James, it is said that "James tried to get his own back by talking about engines that were shut up in tunnels and stuck on hills." This was changed to "James tried to get back by talking about Henry, who got shut up in a tunnel and Gordon, who got stuck on a hill" in the US narrations.
    • When James brought coaches into the station, in the UK narration, Gordon was "trying to sidle into the station." In the US narrations, he was "trying to sneak into the station."
    • In Ringo Starr's narrations, after Gordon returned with the express, it was said that the passengers "hurried to the booking office (ticket window in the US)." In George Carlin's narration, the passengers "were shouting at the ticket window."
    • In George Carlin's narration, "'Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!', puffed James" is added after the line "'You're pulling us well! You're pulling us well!', sang the coaches".
  • An SiF interview with Christopher Noulton revealed that some of the passengers were made out of plasticine for this episode.

Goofs

  • After Gordon leaves Knapford, the truck in front of James changes.
  • In the scene after the one of the passengers rushing to the booking office, a blonde woman in red has blu-tak underneath her shoes.
  • When the Fat Controller asks James if he would like to pull the express some time, the tree on the left behind him wobbles.
  • A wire is visible near Gordon's trailing wheel when he asks James to get his coaches.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Un Gran día para James / James y el Expreso A Great Day for James / James and the Express
Danish James og eksprestoget James and the Express Train
Norwegian James og ekspresstoget James and the Express Train
Welsh James a'r Trên Chwim James and the Fast Train
Hebrew ג'יימס והרכבת המהירה James and the Fast Train
Japanese ジェームスのうれしいひ The Delightful Day of James
German James und der Schnellzug James and the Express Train
French James et le train express James and the Express Train
Croatian Jurica i ekspresni vlak James and the Express Train
Italian La Rivincita di James The Revenge of James
Slovenian Jakob in Brzovlak James and the Express Train
Finnish Jaska ja Pikajuna James and the Express Train
Dutch James en de sneltrein James and the Express Train
Hungarian James és az Expressz James and the Express
Chinese 詹姆士和特快列车 James and the Express Trains
Korean 고속열차를 끌게된 제임스 James was Brought to the High-Speed Train
Polish Kuba i Ekspres James and the Express
Swedish James och expresståget James and the Express Train
Romanian James şi Expressul James and the Express
Russian Джеймс берет реванш James Takes Revenge
Slovak James a rýchlik James and the Express
Czech James a rychlík James and the Express
Serbian James i brzi voz James and the High-Speed Train
Brazilian Portuguese Um dia de orgulho para James A Proud Day for James
Thai เจมส์สมหวัง James Defeats

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Boxsets

WAL

US

VHS/DVD Packs

AUS

DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection
  • Series One and Series Two Double Pack

Episode

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