- “Sorted Edward's branch line for him, have you?”
- ―Gordon ribbing James
Points of No Return is a 1990 annual story.
James wishes he could have a branch line to himself, but as Gordon and Henry point out to him, he would not like the shunting involved. Later that day, when James pulls into Wellsworth station at speed, he is diverted into the bay platform. James' driver applies the brakes and he stops just in time. Unluckily for James, the lock on the points has jammed and he is stuck in the bay platform. Bertie arrives to take the passengers home, but James has to stay on Edward's Branch Line for a few weeks. At first he enjoys it, but soon the routine of shunting bores him and is delighted when the points are mended. Gordon is quick to mention branch lines and shunting when James arrives at the sheds.
- Edward (not seen)
- Sir Topham Hatt (not seen)
- Bertie (does not speak)
- Donald and Douglas (mentioned)
- BoCo (mentioned)
- References to the first season episode, Off the Rails, and the second season episode, Wrong Road are made.
- Bertie does not have eyebrows.
- Henry appears to be in his old shape.