James Gets Cracking is a 1996 annual story.
James picks up a special from a battery farm. He does not understand the term battery farm until some chickens stray onto the track and his trucks break, revealing his load of eggs. His driver explains how battering works and that the eggs are for the children. Farmer Finney and Terence help deliver the load to the school while help arrives.
- This is the first (and only) time that Farmer Finney is referred to by name.
- The Fat Controller tells James he is going to pick up a load from the Battery Farm, but his driver tells them they are meeting Farmer Finney at Tidmouth Station.