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James (first released as James the Red Engine until 2000, and marked in some catalogs as James and Tender) is a mixed traffic engine who thinks very highly of his "splendid red coat" of paint.

Changes

  • 1992-1993: All versions had staples, flat magnets, undated wheels
    • skinny flat topped funnel, smokebox not connected to front bufferbeam, solid coal
    • shorter flat topped funnel, smokebox not connected to front bufferbeam, solid coal
    • shorter flat topped funnel, smokebox connected to front bufferbeam, speckled coal
    • beveled funnel, smokebox connected to front bufferbeam, speckled coal
  • 1994
    • no staples, flat magnets, undated wheels
    • no staples, round magnets, annually dated wheels wheels
  • 1996 (smaller round magnets this year only, new face, rounded funnel)
  • 1997 (thicker wheels)
  • 1999 (plastic funnel and smokebox)
  • 2001 (gold dome)
  • 2002 (new face, larger smokebox and boiler with stripes, added detail, removed ledge)
  • 2003 (permanent 2003 wheels)
  • 2005 (toxic lead paint added)
  • 2007 (toxic lead paint removed)
  • 2011 (CGI style face)
  • 2013 (new face, curved edges, longer magnet guards, other minor details, permanent 2012 wheels)
  • 2017 (redesigned smaller face, slightly redesigned details)
  • 2018 (No paint on chassis and various other spots, larger cab, flat rectangular tender, no dome)

Variants

Trivia

  • James was one of many items involved in the 2007 lead paint recall.