"Keep your dirt away from me! I'm collecting the mayor today!"
— James
James and the Queen of Sodor

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Paul Larson


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)

Air date

October 20th, 2003

Previous episode

What's the Matter
with Henry?

Next episode

The Refreshment
Lady's Tea Shop

James and the Queen of Sodor is the seventh episode of the seventh season.


James was bragging that he was to pull the mayor of Sodor and became worse than ever when Percy accidentally sprayed Gordon with mud. When the Fat Controller arrives with news of an important job - transporting the Queen of Sodor - Gordon tricks James into volunteering. James thinks he's got his best job yet, but is horrified to find the so-called "Queen of Sodor" is really a rusty old barge. James, however, is determined not to let Gordon beat him and manages to stay clean throughout the whole journey, even when the barge breaks a pipe full of sludge. Gordon is amazed to find James without so much as a speck of dust on him afterwards, but then Percy arrives and accidentally scatters rock dust all over James.




  • Stock footage from Oliver Owns Up and Four Little Engines is used, as is mirrored stock footage from James and the Red Balloon.
  • Toad's scrap model from Escape can be seen when James enters the Smelter's Yard.
  • In a rare picture, James is in Duck's place at Tidmouth Sheds at the end.
  • The Danish title of this episode is "Sea Queen".
  • this episode marks Duck's only speaking role in Season 7


  • Percy's whistle was clogged up with stone dust, so stone dust should have sprayed all over Gordon, not mud.
  • When the barge crashes through the pipe, during the facial shots of James, he appears to be beside a cement base supporting the pipes. But in back-end shots, he is several centimetres from the base.
  • After James returns to the sheds, Henry disappears.
  • James displays a lack of common sense in this episode. If someone as important as the Queen of Sodor was visiting, then the engines would have been polished and the stations cleaned, for instance.
  • The barge loses its funnel and cab when it reaches the smelter's shed.
  • In the final scene, both Thomas' and Duck's eyes are wonky.
  • In the Crovan's Gate scene, Annie is facing the wrong way.
  • Sir Topham Hatt says that the Queen of Sodor was at the canal, but it was really at Brendam. Also, Sir Topham says that the Queen of Sodor needed to go to the Works, but James takes it to the Smelter's.
  • A brakevan should have been added to James' train.
  • when James arrives at the sheds Mavis can be seen pushing a train of vans but when Percy arrives Mavis comes back with a train of flatbeds



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