- “Steamies are just as fast-thinking as diesels!"
"So we're equal! The score's one all!”
- ―James and The Diesel
Proud Puffers is a magazine story.
James has taken a Football Special to a station, and the Fat Controller and his grandchildren are delighted that their team won and they got a signed football. But James wheeshes, causing Stephen to drop the ball. Luckily The Diesel arrives and stops the ball from falling onto the tracks. Soon, however, the Diesels start boasting about their superiority. The steam engines are cross, but James soon has the last laugh when an idea saves a delayed train, and he has bragging rights again.
- The Diesel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Stephen Hatt
- Bridget Hatt
- Thomas (cameo)
- Henry (cameo)
- Diesel (cameo)
- Mavis (cameo)
- Mavis is incorrectly included in the line of nasty diesels.
- The text says that James stops at a red signal, but the image shows something that resembles traffic lights.
- Stephen looks different in this story.