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"Why, 'tis a floating basket with folk in it."
"Whatever will they dream up next?
Donald and Douglas, James and the Red Balloon, sixth season
The Hot Air Balloon

The Hot Air Balloon came to Sodor primarily to carry holidaymakers. James and Thomas were jealous because they thought it would steal their passengers until Sir Topham Hatt explained that it would attract more passengers to the Island. It still carries passengers around, providing a rather different view of Sodor.


Television series

The red balloon may have appeared in a deleted scene from Train Stops Play. However, it is unconfirmed whether it is a true deleted scene or if the balloon was added digitally.


Other vehicles
HaroldBulstrodeP. S. CumberlandS.S. KathrynDignityMermaidNorth Star
CrankyS.S. RoxstarLucindaTiger MothThe Queen of SodorThe CranesTugboatsThe AeroplaneThe Salvage BargesThe Canal BoatsThe Mail BoatThe Paddle BoatThe Fultan FerryThe Tramp SteamerThe Hot Air Balloon