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―James admiring himself

James Gets a New Coat is the fifth episode of the eighth series.


James has been repainted and he boasts to the other engines that he is a very special engine because he has bright red paint. This makes Percy upset, thinking that the Fat Controller does not think that he is special because he is green instead of red. Thomas tries to put some sense into James' smokebox, explaining that looking splendid is not the same as being really useful. James claims that looking splendid and being really useful makes him even more special, leaving Thomas and Percy speechless.

The next morning, the Fat Controller sends James to the coaling plant to help Percy fill and deliver an important order of coal to the docks. However, James ignores the Fat Controller's orders and puffs along a canal to see his reflection and goes to various stations and branch lines so that people can see him (only to not be able to since everyone keeps leaving once he arrives). Thomas - seeing James on his branch line - reminds him that he should be working, but James takes no notice.

At the coaling plant, Percy is struggling to fill the coal trucks on his own and time is running out. The Plant Manager is concerned that the order will not be filled, but he knows that it is not Percy's fault; James should have arrived hours ago. At last, James arrives at the coaling plant, but he is very late which makes Percy and the Plant Manager cross. Due to the delay, a very long line of coal trucks must be taken to the docks to make up for lost time. James takes the trucks, excited to be going to the docks where people can see his new coat of paint. Percy warns James that the coal trucks are being naughty, but once again James takes no notice.

On his way to the docks, James is quick to realise that Percy was right as the coal trucks bump into each other and into James, covering him in coal dust. Soon, James no longer has a new coat of red paint; he has a new coat of black. Now James does not want to be seen, but then, Emily, Edward and Thomas pass by him. Then, at the Docks, Gordon is surprised to see James so dirty.

At last, all of the coal had been delivered to the docks on time. James is tired and upset, whilst Percy with the rest of the coal trucks admires James' "new" black coat. Soon all of the trucks are laughing and even James laughs about his "new" coat too.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-third episode of the eighth series.
  • A photograph from this episode was released as a Royal Mail stamp in 2011 to mark the Reverend Awdry Centenary.
  • A deleted scene implies that Toby was to appear in the episode.
  • This episode marks the first time Wellsworth is addressed by its name.
  • From this episode onward, Emily has silver buffers.
  • When James is by the canal, Cranky and Big Mickey can be seen in the distance, implying that the set was close to the set for the docks. It makes sense because both sets include water.


  • When Henry puffs past the camera at the beginning, a wire is visible underneath him.
  • As Percy puffs past the camera with three trucks, the first one is missing its right buffer, and although the trucks appear to be coupled together, their couplings are actually dangling.
  • When Thomas is working with Emily, Thomas' right eye is wonky. At the end of the episode, Percy's right eye is wonky, and in the next scene, James' eyes are also wonky.
  • When Gordon first goes up his hill, he has two Express coaches. But later, when leaving a station he has three coaches. Then later, at the docks, he has two again.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese James Ganha Uma Pintura Nova
Chinese Mandarin 詹姆士得到新外衣
Croatian Juričina nova boja
Czech Jakub dostal nový kabát
Danish James får en overhaling
Dutch Een Nieuw Jasje Voor James
Finnish Jaskan Uusi Väri
French La Nouvelle Peinture de James
German James fühlt sich prächtig
Hungarian James Új Ruhája
Italian La Nuova Vernice di James
Japanese ジェームスのあたらしいとそう
Korean 제임스의 새 칠
Latin American Spanish James Recibe una Nueva Capa de Pintura
La Nueva Pintura de James
Norwegian James blir malt
Polish Nowe ubranko Kuby
Romanian James Are Vopsea Nouă
Serbian Džejmsova nova boja
Spanish Una Mano de Pintura para James
Swedish James får ny lack

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