On his first day on the tracks, James the Red Engine, who then was black, derailed and crashed because of faulty brakes. Thomas the Tank Engine came with the Breakdown Train to help. After that James became the Red Engine he is today, and with his new paint job came a new personality. Being smaller than Gordon, but still bigger than Thomas, James the Red Engine doesn’t think he should have to pull freight cars.
James the Red Engine is proud of his strength and his red paint with gold stripes. He often brags about being better than the smaller engines, and even some of the bigger ones. The number 5 on his side reminds him that he is not the biggest train in the shed. Even though he can pull passenger cars, sometimes this red train must pull freight cars instead.
James the Red Engine is one of the original trains at the station in Rev. W. Awdry’s The Railway Series stories. Thomas Wooden Railway offers a 6.75 inch wooden toy train of this classic engine, including matching red coal car that connects with magnets. After being recalled in 2007, James the Red Engine toy train is now ready to ride the tracks of any child’s train set with Thomas and Friends.
Thomas Wooden Railway toy trains are compatible with BRIO train sets.