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“That slimy old tub?! Gordon tricked me, he wants me to get dirty! I'll show him! A shiny engine like me never gets dirty!”
―James finding out that the Queen of Sodor is actually an old barge

James and the Queen of Sodor is the seventh episode of the seventh series.


James is very proud of his bright red paint and thinks his work is very important. One day, he is at the washdown when Percy arrives. His whistle is clogged with quarry dust, so he blows hard to clean it. But he accidentally blows mud all over Gordon, leaving the blue express engine very cross. James brags that he is collecting the mayor today, which Gordon thinks should be his job. But James laughs and tells him that he needs a wash first. James collects the mayor and puffs on his way.

Later at Tidmouth Sheds, the Fat Controller asks for a volunteer to collect the Queen of Sodor, an old barge which needs to go to the workshop. James pulls into the sheds, which gives Gordon an idea. As James was not there to hear the entire conversation, Gordon loudly asks the Fat Controller if collecting the Queen of Sodor is important, which it is. James loudly announces that he will collect her and sets off happily. Gordon's plan is working.

James arrives at the canal and is furious to see that the Queen of Sodor is a rusty, grimy old barge. He realizes that Gordon tricked him and James is determined to prove that a shiny engine never gets dirty. So he sets off with the Queen of Sodor.

It is a very long way to the workshop. But James is still trying not to get dirty. He does not notice a pipe stretched across in front of the boat. The Queen of Sodor crashes through the pipe, pouring sludge all over the boat and the tracks. However, James stops in time and manages to stay clear. Soon the mess is cleared up and James puffs on his way, finally reaching the workshop clean and shiny.

When James returns to the sheds, Gordon is surprised to see him still clean. Then Percy arrives and moans that his whistle is clogged with dust again. He warns James to watch out and blows hard. Dust goes everywhere and covers James. Thomas teases him by telling him that now he is the one who needs a wash. But James insists that he is still a splendid engine.




  • Going by production order, this is the sixth episode of the seventh series.
  • Stock footage from Oliver Owns Up and Four Little Engines is used, as is mirrored stock footage from James and the Red Balloon.
  • Toad's scrap model from Escape can be seen when James enters the smelter's yard as well as City of Truro and Donald and Douglas' scrap models.
  • In a rare still, James is in Duck's place at Tidmouth Sheds at the end.
  • This marks Duck's final speaking role until the twelfth series episode, Excellent Emily, along with his only speaking role in the seventh series.
  • The LT warehouse from TUGS makes an appearance.
  • Toad's faceless model can be seen near Tidmouth Sheds at the end.


  • When the barge crashes through the pipe, during the facial shots of James, he appears to be beside a cement base supporting the pipes. But in back-end shots, he is several centimetres from the base.
  • As the stock footage from James and the Red Balloon is mirrored, James' number 5 is reversed.
  • When James returns to the sheds, Henry can be seen next to Gordon, but in the shot of Gordon when he asks James how he managed to stay so clean, Henry disappears for the rest of the episode.
  • The Queen of Sodor loses her funnel and her wheelhouse is damaged when she reaches the smelter's shed.
  • In the final scene, both Thomas' and Duck's eyes are wonky.
  • When Gordon passes under the bridge and says "Show off," the first coach in his train slightly shakes.
  • Sir Topham Hatt says that the Queen of Sodor was at the canal, but she was really at Brendam. Also, Sir Topham Hatt says that the Queen of Sodor needed to go to the works, but James takes her to the smelter's.
  • When James passes Suddery Castle, his face is missing.
  • Since stock footage is used, here are a few things:
    • Skarloey has his brass ring around his funnel, and he looks cross when the narrator says "They are happiest when the Fat Controller gives them important work to do."
    • Annie and Clarabel are in their old orange-brown liveries and the former is facing the wrong way. 
    • Tidmouth Tunnel appears in its original design and the lake next to the tunnel is bigger.


  • James: [after Percy has splashed mud on Gordon] Keep your dirt away from me! I'm collecting the mayor today!
  • Gordon: I should do that.
  • James: Really? You need a washdown first!
  • Gordon: Pah!


  • Gordon: Is collecting the Queen of Sodor important work, too?
  • The Fat Controller: Very important work. Do I have a volunteer?
  • James: Very important work? I'll do it!
  • The Fat Controller: Then it's settled. She's waiting at the canal. 
  • James: Thank you, sir!


In Other Languages

Language Title
Chinese 詹姆士跟多多岛皇后
Danish Øens dronning
Hungarian James és Sodor királynője
Italian La Regina di Sodor
Japanese ジェームスとソドーとうのじょおう
Korean 깔끔이 제임스
Polish Kuba i Królowa Sodor
Romanian James şi Regina din Sodor
Slovak Jakub a kráľovná Sodoru
Swedish James och drottningen av Rälsö
Thai เจมส์รักความสะอาด
Welsh James a Brenhines Sodor

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