Clever James is a magazine story.
It was a freezing cold day on Sodor and James had to use the turntable. James was concerned that he would slip on the ice and scratch his paintwork. Diesel laughed and rolled onto the turntable, cracking all of the ice. Diesel turned on the table and then rolled away still laughing at James, who felt very silly.
Later, James found Diesel sitting on the line just before an icy bridge. This time, Diesel was worried. He was worried that a big icicle might fall down and dent his roof. James had an idea and chuffed under the bridge until he was beneath the icicle. He called to his fireman, asking for more steam. The fireman shovelled extra coal into the firebox and James blew huge clouds of hot smoke all over the icicle which soon melted away. Now it was James' turn to laugh at Diesel who was left feeling very silly.
- Diesel is painted grey instead of black.