"I'm a Really Splendid Engine."
— James' catchphrase
This is Number 5James is a red mixed traffic tender engine. He thinks himself and the "Pride of the Line" and brags that he's splendid.
James is a mixed traffic engine,he can pull both coaches and freight cars,he is very vain and thinks he is Splendid.
In the television series,we first saw James in Thomas & The Breakdown Train,where James fell off the rails and onto the grass.
But he was put back on track.
And now works on Sir Topham Hatt's railway.
- Season 1: Stepney's Problem, A Scottish Tale, Toby and the New Engine, Wilbert to the Rescue, Wilbert and Tigermoth, Frank and the Trucks (cameo), Gordon Plays a Trick and Murdoch and the Express (cameo)
- Season 2: James' Tender Trouble, A Flying Surprise (cameo), Jealous James, Old Slow Coach (cameo), The Flying Scotsman Returns (does not speak), Save Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas Helps a Friend, The Daring Duel and The Flying Scotsman Departs
- Season 3: Hideous Henry, George the Steamroller (cameo), Rusty Rocks the Railway, New Engine Fever (does not speak), Toby's New Cowcatchers, Mike's Ice Cream Party, Clumsy Culdee, S.C. Ruffey and the Foolish Freight Cars (cameo), Trouble on the Track, Donald Visits the Scrapyard and Frank and Fred the Orange Coal Car (does not speak)
- Season 4: All For One and One For James, Catherine's Story (cameo), Rosie's Wild Ride and Naughty Engines
- Season 5: The Express Turkey, Lorry's Challenge, Boastful Billy, A Windy Day For BoCo, Edward the Unreliable Engine (does not speak), Daisy's Big Disaster, New Heights for Harold (cameo) and Snow Can't Stop Us
- Season 6: Gordon's Flying Kipper, Boulder's Express Route, An Old Friend Returns, Little Engines, Big Help (does not speak), Trucks Galore! (cameo), Rollover Rusty (brief cameo), Listen to Gordon and An Opportunity of a Lifetime (cameo)
- Season 7: Neville the Newcomer, Molly's Folly
- Season 8: Bulstrode and the Fisherman, The New Controller,
- Season 9: Hankenstein, Tender Bender, Harvey's Second Chance, Paxton's Gains and Pains
- Season 10: Bee Yourself, James, Coal Crisis (cameo), Norman Invasion and Groundhog Gordon
- Season 11: Fergus' Day Off (cameo), Around the Railyard in 64 Seconds (cameo), Big City Rumor, Station Situation, Spencer Goes Too Far, Holly Jolly Molly, Old Square Wheels and Wooden Brakes (mentioned)
- Season 12: Greetings, Montague!, Scottish Blues (cameo), The Importance of Being Billy (cameo), Truckus Ruckus, Gordon's Last Hurrah, Henry's Handcar Havoc, If The Dome Fits, Bulgy Takes the High Road, The Mystery Train, Sidney the Renegade and Vicarstown Takedown
- Season 13: Duck and the Quack Attack, Victor's Loco Motives, Oliver's Fossil Fright (cameo), Who Stole The Coal? and How Gator Stole Christmas (cameo)
- Season 14: Millie's Castle Hassle (cameo), Double-Decker-Wrecker (cameo), Hiro and the Heat Wave, James in a Jam, S.C.Ruffey's Sweet Tooth (mentioned) and Hatt Trick (mentioned)
James is based on the rebuild of a real engine, sort of like The Red Engine, the member of James' class is perhaps the sole survivor of the class.
- In the French version of Keekre24's series, James is called Jacques.
- In the Spanish version of Keekre24's series, James is called Diego.