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"You're finally in a poster. Maybe you are good enough after all!"
— Thomas seeing James in Edward's poster
James the Second Best

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Paul Larson


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 17th,
2006 (UK)
December 2nd,
2006 (US)

Previous episode

Thomas and
the Treasure

Next episode

Thomas and
Skarloey's Big Day

James the Second Best is the twenty-seventh episode of the tenth season.


James is shocked to discover Edward has been chosen to appear on a railway poster. He tries to be as good as Edward by treating his trucks nicely and being useful, but he is held up after being cleaned, and is afraid Edward will finish his passenger journey before him. James uses the main line to get ahead of Edward, but when he goes onto the same line as him he stops suddenly for a signal and Edward is unable to stop in time. Edward bumps behind James and is pushed forward into Edward's railway poster. Although Thomas jokes he is the poster engine now, the Fat Controller is less than impressed and tells James the children will be unable to visit the seaside now that Edward is damaged. However, James acts as a backing engine for Edward.




  • One of the Wellsworth station buildings is altered and used to portray Killdane.


  • The photographer took Edward's picture in a shed, but the poster shows Edward pulling two red branch line coaches.
  • When Edward is pushing James and the camera speed slows as James derails, Edward's wheels are still moving forward.
  • When James is stuck in Edward's poster, only his face is shown. His buffers and smoke box should be shown as well.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian James er nest best James is Second Best
Spanish James el segundo mejor James the Second Best
Japanese ジェームスは2ばんめ James the Second
Swedish Näst bäst Second Best
Danish James og plakatlokomotivet James and the Poster Locomotive
Finnish Jaska Haluaa olla Ykkönen James Wants to be Number One
Italian James il Miglior Secondo James the Second Best
Hungarian James a Második Legjobb James the Second Best
Russian Джеймс второй по полезности паровоз James' Second Utility Steam Locomotive
Romanian James este pe Locul Doi James is Second
Polish Prawie najlepszy Kuba Almost the Best James
German James will aufs Plakat James Wants on Poster
Slovak Jakub je druhý najlepší James is Second Best
Chinese 詹姆士第二棒 James the Second Leg
Czech James na druhém místě James is Second
Thai เจมส์เก่งเป็นที่สอง James is a Good Second

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  • The Complete Tenth Series

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