James and The Fat Controller is a boardbook written by Christopher Awdry and illustrated by Ken Stott.


James is given the job of taking the Fat Controller for an opening of a new station. However, James breaks down and Harold delivers the Fat Controller, while Thomas helps James and his coaches to the new station.



  • Harold is missing his nameplate.
  • James has yellow tender and wheel splasher lining instead of black, his number also has a yellow outline and a red interior and in some pics, James is missing his whistle.
  • In the tenth illustration Jock has black steam pipes, however in the last illustration he has grey steam pipes. Jock also has yellow wheels, and what's more, Jock is completely Banana Yellow instead of Chartreuse Yellow
  • Thomas and James are missing their brake pipes.


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