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James Goes Too Far

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"I'm sorry Sir, I put my own job first!"
"But you learnt your lesson and helped Diesel. You are a really useful engine!
— James and The Fat Controller
James Goes Too Far

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


James Mason


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 17th,
2004 (UK)
November 20th,
2004 (US)
November 21st,
2006 (AUS)
March 2nd,
2007 (JPN)

Previous episode

You Can Do it, Toby!

Next episode

Chickens to School

James Goes too Far is the twenty-third episode of the eighth season.


Percy is taking the mail and pulls up alongside James at a red signal. His signal turns to green and James is cross as he was there before Percy; but his driver explains that Percy's mail is more important than James' slow-goods. Later, James is still grumpy when Thomas gets to cut in front of him at the water-column as he is a guaranteed connection.

Later, James is given an important job to deliver coal to all the stations. Feeling important, James refuses to wait to take on more water and will not help Edward with his jobs. However, once he collects the coal trucks and starts his job, James soon runs out of water. Edward arrives with his passengers, but he can't help James as he's running late. Edward warns the signalman up ahead, and soon Salty arrives to help James. Salty scolds James about not helping Edward and reminds him that no job is more important than helping another engine.

With Salty's help, James gets more water and carries on with his deliveries. However, when James sees Diesel broken down, he remembers Salty's advice and helps Diesel to the fitter's yard. After that, he carries on with his coal deliveries and, the next day, the Fat Controller praises James for helping Diesel and getting his job done.




  • Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the eighth season.
  • In one scene, a White Star line poster and a Southern Railway poster are seen.


  • James' driver says "your water tanks have run dry" when James, being a tender engine, only has one water tank which is in his tender.
  • Emily has Henry's whistle sound.
  • When James' water tank runs dry, a steam platform is visible just before he stops.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish James Va Demasiado Lejos James Goes Too Far
Gaelic O traballo importante The Important Job
Italian Il lavoro più importante The Most Important Job
Norwegian James går for langt James Goes Too Far
Danish James gør et vigtigt stykke arbejde James does an important job
German James übertreibt James Exaggerates
Japanese いきすぎだよ、ジェームス James Goes Too Far
Polish Kuba Dostaje Nauczkę James gets a Lesson
Finnish Jaska menee liian pitkälle James Goes Too Far
Hungarian James túl messzire megy James Goes Too Far
Russian Джеймс заходит слишком далеко James Goes Too Far

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