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"This lamp makes me look silly! Everyone at the concert will look their best except me!"
— James
James in the Dark

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Mark Robertson


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 12th,
2010 (UK)
November 13th,
2010 (US)
October 7th,
2011 (AUS)
March 10th,
2012 (NOR)
April 22nd,
2012 (JAP)

Previous episode

Thomas' Tall Friend

Next episode

Pingy Pongy Pick Up

James in the Dark is the second episode of the fourteenth season.


James refuses to be fitted with an old-fashioned lamp to help him see in the dark. However, the stubborn engine begins to regret his short-sighted decision when he is called upon to pick up opera singer Alicia Botti, the Mayor of Sodor, and the Brass Band for an evening concert, but accidentally collects Farmer Trotter, Farmer McColl, and their animals instead.

James knows what must be done. Thomas and Edward collect the important passengers, whilst James hastily takes the farmers to the docks. He then quickly puffs back to the Town Hall and helps Thomas and Edward light up Alicia's concert. James could not feel prouder to have his beaming lamp.




  • Going by production order, this is the third episode of the fourteenth season.
  • The headlamp given to James is normally used on vintage cars of the early 1900s.


  • The narrator makes a few mistakes about James:
    • He refers to his footplate as his "boiler."
    • He refers to his lamp iron as his "buffer."
    • He refers to his smokebox as his "funnel."
  • Throughout the episode, the engine's fireboxes do not glow.
  • The lights at Maithwaite were not on.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian James i mørket James in the Dark
Japanese くらやみとジェームス James and the Dark
German James ist in der Dunkelheit James is in the Dark
Spanish James en la oscuridad James in the Dark
Polish Kuba w Ciemności James in the Dark
Swedish James i Mörkret James in the Dark
Greek Ο Τζέιμς στο σκοτάδι James in the Dark
Finnish jaska pimeässä James in the Dark
Russian Джеймс Во Тьме James in the Dark
French James et la lanterne James and the Lantern

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