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James in a Mess and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories is a book illustrated using photographs from the television series.


James gets into a mess with some tar wagons.


  1. James in a Mess
  2. Bertie's Chase
  3. Percy and the Signal
  4. Percy Proves a Point




  • In the story Bertie's Chase, holes drilled into Bertie's eyes are seen.
  • In the story Percy and the Signal, Gordon's front bogie is derailed.
  • In the original print, the sentence line "It was such an insult to be reminded of the time a bootlace had been used to mend a hole in his coaches" was divided by a page break. This is later corrected in the reprint.
  • A photo in Percy and the Signal is used again in the next story.
  • In the first picture of James in a Mess, Henrietta is not behind Toby in the original print.
  • In Percy and the Signal, the term "truck" is used once.