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"Buzz, buzz, buzz!"
— Duck
Buzz, Buzz/
James goes Buzz Buzz

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

May 12th,
1992 (UK)
August 4th,
1992 (JAP)
March 9th,
1993 (AUS)
March 25th,
1993 (US)

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Buzz, Buzz, retitled James goes Buzz Buzz in American releases, is the seventeenth episode of the third season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode, Stacy Cleans Up.


James feels insulted after BoCo gives him advice regarding some bees the Vicar is keeping. And when he overhears Duck telling BoCo he has nicknamed Bill and Ben "The Bees", he butts in and is insulted again after Duck says "Buzz, buzz, buzz".

Later, James is preparing for the Express when a porter accidentally knocks over a beehive and it shatters, and a swarm of disgruntled bees buzz onto his boiler. One burns its foot, and in retaliation stings James on the nose, turning it red and swollen.

James runs off and tries to get the bees off by methods such as spinning on a turntable, washing them off and smoking them out in a tunnel, none of them worked. The driver suggested on going back to the orchard, which allowed the bees to fly off when they see a beehive at the Wellsworth vicarage.

The Vicar is grateful and thanks James, also noting that if it were Christmas, they could nickname him "James the Red-Nosed Engine". Instead, they prefer to call him "the bee's knees", as a sign of how useful he is.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Main Line Engines.
  • A man trips while running out of the station; he then picks himself up, gives the beehive one last look and runs away.
  • The bee that burns himself is animated. It was animated by Peter Chiang of the Magic Camera Company. They were only credited when the episode was first released in 1992, an animation cell appeared on Ebay and is now owned by YouTube/SiF member BlueBerkBoco in 2011.
  • This was the only time that cartoon animation was used in the series until Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • A limited edition Wooden Railway "James goes Buzz Buzz" set was released to commemorate this episode. It featured a James with a red nose that, when rubbed, would temporarily go away, as well as BoCo, a turntable, a station with a beehive and the VHS James Goes Buzz Buzz and Other Thomas Stories.
  • The Vicar tells James "It's a pity it's not Christmas, then we could call you James the Red-Nosed Engine." This is a reference to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • In the restored version, the scene of James spinning on the turntable is slowed down and the shot of a male and female passenger staring at the broken hive is omitted.
  • S.S. Vienna's model from TUGS can be seen as Bill and Ben leave.
  • The second season episode, The Diseasel is referenced.


  • When Bill and Ben puff away, one is not puffing smoke.
  • Studio equipment is visible when BoCo talks to Duck.
  • When the people are racing out of the station, the platform bounces up in some frames, and one of the stone pillars by the entrance moves slightly.
  • When the bees fly around the driver and fireman, James' cab roof is white.
  • The station was supposed to be clear after the beehive fell. But when James leaves, a person is visible in the station.
  • When James is at Tidmouth Sheds, a vine or something of sorts is wrapped around his funnel.
  • The bee that stung James' nose was described as a male, but male bees do not sting.
  • In the Buzz Book, one picture shows BoCo with a yellow bufferbeam.
  • When James arrives at Tidmouth, he stops at the front of the station, but in his point-of-views of the bee, he is in the middle of the station.
  • There appear to be two Mrs. Kyndley's at Tidmouth, one in her first season form and one in her fifth season form.
  • The bee that stung James has only four legs, when bees actually have six.
  • When James backs down on his coaches at the station, he pushes them back slightly.


In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Summ, Summ, Summ Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Norwegian James og biene James and the Bees
Spanish Bzzz Bzzz Buzz Buzz
Japanese あかはなのジェームス James of the Red Nose
Italian Api all'attacco Bees Attack
Dutch Gezoem Buzz
Polish Pszczoły Bees
Danish James og Bierne James and the Bees
Hungarian Méhek Bees


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