A Cow on the Line and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories is a book illustrated using photographs from the television series.
- Bill and Ben
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Toby (not seen)
- Clarabel (does not speak)
- Duck (cameo)
- The Naughty Boys (do not speak; mentioned)
- Photographs from The Runaway, A Close Shave, Down the Mine and Wrong Road are used.
- An audio cassette was also included with narration by Ringo Starr, the narration was later re-released on CD.
- The photograph of James's ill driver in "Old Iron" shows the driver standing inside of Henry's cab.
- In "Old Iron", James is smiling while he is at the sheds with Thomas and Percy and the narrator described him as being in a bad temper.