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The Red Balloon is a song from the seventh series, dedicated to The Hot Air Balloon where the tune is based on its theme.


There's so much to see on the Island of Sodor
Waterfalls and windmills, valleys of green
All this and more on the Island of Sodor
Colourful carpet for all to see
People happily ride round the Island
Flying so high in a big red balloon
From mountains high and down to the seaside
Everyone wishing they'll all come back soon
High in the red balloon
Up above looking down on everyone
You can touch the moon
High in the red balloon
Floating and spinning and climbing and rising
Way up high, look see the red balloon
Float over castles and church spires below them
Cricket being played on the quaint village green
Everyone waves at the big red balloon
Prettiest picture they've ever seen
James sees the red balloon
Floating high, wishing he could be like him
High in the sky
He waits where the river bends
Waiting to see his friend, hoping he will come again
Wishing and hoping and waiting and dreaming of flying high
Just James and the red balloon
James and the red balloon



Footage Used

Deleted and Specially Shot Scenes

  • James and the Red Balloon:
    • A deleted scene of James' eyes movement is different at Dryaw station after Sir Topham Hatt reminds him that the holidaymakers will need a ride home in a train while he is relieved.
    • A deleted scene of the balloon floating over the watermill.
    • A deleted scene of the red balloon floating over the Lighthouse.
    • A deleted scene of the red balloon in the sky.
  • Emily's New Coaches - A unmirrored scene of Thomas with Annie and Clarabel while the Red Balloon floats over Suddery Castle.
  • The Runaway Elephant - A deleted scene of the hot air balloon floating over Elephant Park.
  • The Grand Opening:
    • A deleted scene of the hot air balloon floating over the old bridge and Skarloey.
    • A extended scene of the balloon floating over Skarloey.
    • A deleted scene of the balloon floating over Peter Sam.
  • Harold and the Flying Horse - A deleted scene of James pulling two trucks and the Maypole while the red balloon floats overhead, the line of trucks James was pulling was the same one Percy was pulling in the original episode in the overhead shot of he and James.
  • A specially shot scene of James watching the Red Balloon at Hawin Doorey Castle.


  • Edited scenes from Train Stops Play are used. One scene shows the red balloon above the Elsbridge Cricket Field and another scene shows the cricketers smiling.


  • At one point, James is seen watching The Red Balloon on the track that runs past the Hawin Doorey Castle, situated on the Skarloey Railway, but that track is narrow gauge and James is a standard gauge engine.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese まっかなききゅう

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