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| James and the Express/|
A Proud Day for James
October 7th, 1984 (UK)
Although the Fat Controller is starting to think well of James after his recent success with the trucks, he is still subject to ridicule by Gordon and Henry, who tease him about the time he made a hole in one of his coaches. He tries to get back at them by mentioning Gordon getting stuck on the hill and Henry refusing to leave the tunnel, but to no avail.
The next day however, Gordon's arrogance gets the better of him when he pulls the express so fast, he ends up on the loop line before the signalman has the time to change the points. Embarrassed, Gordon returns to the station and the passengers demand their money back. The Fat Controller promises them a new train and offers the express to James, who delightfully accepts. James pulls the express so well that the Fat Controller allows him to take turns with Gordon in the future.
In the meantime, Gordon learns to appreciate quiet work and he and James become friends.
- Tidmouth Sheds
- The Viaduct
- Henry's Tunnel (mentioned)
- Gordon's Hill (mentioned)
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, James the Red Engine.
- Stock footage from James and the Coaches is used.
- There are differences between the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
- Ringo Starr speaks faster in the US version.
- The line, "...the signalman works the points to make the engines run on the right lines" was changed to "...the signalman sets the switches to make the engines run on the right tracks" in the US versions.
- In the UK narration, after Gordon and Henry were said to have been teasing James, it is said that "James tried to get his own back by talking about engines that were shut up in tunnels and stuck on hills." This was changed to "James tried to get back by talking about Henry, who got shut up in a tunnel and Gordon, who got stuck on a hill" in the US narrations.
- When James brought coaches into the station, in the UK narration, Gordon was "trying to sidle into the station." In the US narrations, he was "trying to sneak into the station."
- In Ringo Starr's narrations, after Gordon returned with the express, it was said that the passengers "hurried to the booking office (ticket window in the US)." In George Carlin's narration, the passengers "were shouting at the ticket window."
- In George Carlin's narration and the Shining Time Station episode "Show and Yell", "'Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!', puffed James" is added after the line "'You're pulling us well! You're pulling us well!', sang the coaches". However, the line is said while James is still pulling out of the station in the former, while it is said as James is crossing the viaduct in the latter.
- An SiF interview with Christopher Noulton revealed that some of the passengers were made out of plasticine for this episode.
- This is the only first season episode that's audio was not remastered from mono to stereo in the UK.
- The Italian title of this episode is "The Revenge of James". In Wales, it is called "James and the Fast Train". In Japan, this episode is called "The Joy for James". The French title is, "James and the Express Train".
- In the George Carlin version, the start of the busy theme can be heard when James goes to fetch Gordon's coaches, but it is ommited in both Ringo Starr narrations.
- In Ringo Starr's US narration, an owl can be heard hooting loudly up to where Gordon says "You talk too much, little James." The owl sounds get abruptly quiet
- After Gordon leaves Knapford, the truck in front of James changes.
- In the scene after the passengers rushing to the booking office, a blonde woman in red has blu-tak underneath her shoes.
- When James backed into Knapford with the coaches, a stagehand barley appears, then went off screen.
- When the Fat Controller asks James if he would like to pull the express some time, the tree on the left behind him wobbles.
- A wire is visible near Gordon's trailing wheel when he asks James to get his coaches.
- Why does the express stop at Maron? The express is only meant to stop at Knapford, Crovan's Gate, and Vicarstown.
- Because stock footage is used, James brings the other coaches to platform 5. But when Gordon arrives back at Knapford, James is at platform 3.
- In the close of James teasing Gordon, James' dome is chipped.