- “Well, it wasn't anything, really. Water's nothing to an engine with determination!”
A Cow on the Line and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories is a book illustrated using photographs from the television series.
- Bill and Ben
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Toby (not seen)
- Annie and Clarabel (does not speak)
- Duck (cameo)
- The Naughty Boys (do not speak; mentioned)
- Photographs from The Runaway, A Close Shave, Down the Mine and Wrong Road are used.
- An audio cassette or CD was included with some copies of the book, featuring narrations by Ringo Starr.
- The photograph of James ill driver in "Old Iron" shows the driver standing inside of Henry's cab.
- In "Old Iron", James is smiling while he is at the sheds with Thomas and Percy when the narrator described him as feeling bad tempered.