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James in a Mess and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories is a book illustrated using photographs from the television series.


James gets into a mess with some tar wagons.


  1. James in a Mess
  2. Bertie's Chase
  3. Percy and the Signal
  4. Percy Proves a Point



  • The stories in this book are based on episodes from the television series.
  • A photograph from Duck Takes Charge is used. In the Thomas' Big Storybook edition, a promo picture of Harold is used.
  • In Bertie's Chase, like in the Shining Time Station episode, Washout, the story omits the first scene, starting with Bertie at the crossing.
  • A photo in Percy and the Signal is used again in Percy Proves a Point.


  • In the story Bertie's Chase, holes drilled into Bertie's eyes are seen.
  • In the story Percy and the Signal, Gordon's front bogie is derailed.
  • In the original print, the sentence line "It was such an insult to be reminded of the time a bootlace had been used to mend a hole in his coaches." was divided by a page break, showing that this page ends with the word "an," and the next page starts with the word "insult." This is later corrected in the reprint.
  • In the first picture of James in a Mess, Henrietta is not behind Toby in the original print.
  • In Percy and the Signal, the term "truck" is used once.
  • In the first picture of Percy Proves a Point, a gear is seen behind Percy's rear wheel.
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