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"This lamp will make me look silly! Everyone at the concert will look their best except me!"
— James complaining about this old-fashioned and odd-looking headlamp.
James in the Dark

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Mark Robertson


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)

Air date

12 October 2010 (UK)
13 November 2010 (US)
3 May 2011 (GER)
18 May 2011 (HUN)
7 October 2011 (AUS)
10 March 2012 (NOR)
22 April 2012 (JAP)
30 April 2012 (Latin America)
23 June 2016 (KOR; KBS)

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James in the Dark is the second episode of the fourteenth season.


Alicia Botti is performing at the town hall tonight and James was giving the job to pick up The Brass Band, The Mayor and Alicia Botti, but first, James has to go to the Steamworks to get a lamp. When James arrived at the Steamworks, he did not like the old-fashioned lamp because he think it would make him look silly. The workmen tried to fit the lamp, but James still did not like it and leaves.

On his way to pick up the important passengers, he stops at a junction where Thomas is waiting. He asks James where his lamp is, but James could not see who the engine was and said that lamps make him look silly, mistaking Thomas as Henry. James sees a station ahead thinking this was where he picks up Alicia Botti and the Mayor, but it was Farmer McColl and his prized Cow at Maithwaite. James could not see who it was and whistles for them to get on board, much to Farmer McColl's confusion. At a junction, Edward asked where James' lamp is, and James tells him that lamps makes him silly, mistaking Edward as Percy. James then sees a platform where he thinks it was where he picks up the Brass Band, but it was Farmer Trotter and his pigs at his farm. Not seeing who it was, James whistles for them to get on board, much to Farmer Trotter's confusion.

James arrives at the Town Hall, and Sir Topham Hatt was cross that James found Farmer McColl, Farmer Trotter and his animals. James realised what he done and felt very silly. Thomas arrives with the workmen carrying the lamp and have it fitted on James' funnel. Edward arrives admiring James' lamp. Knowing that he was still late, James asked Sir Topham Hatt if Thomas and Edward collect the important passengers, whilst James hastily takes the farmers to the docks and he agreed to James' idea. James races to the Docks dropping off the farmers and their animals and arrives back at the Town Hall where he sees Thomas and Edward shining their lamps at Alicia Botti. James uses his lamp to helps Thomas and Edward light up Alicia's concert and James could not feel prouder to have his beaming lamp.




  • Going by production order, this is the third episode of the fourteenth season.
  • Edited stock footage Play Time is used.
  • The headlamp given to James was normally used on vintage cars of the early 1900's.


  • The narrator makes a few mistakes about James:
    • He refers to his footplate as his "boiler."
    • He refers to his lamp iron as his "buffer."
    • He refers to his smokebox as his "funnel."
  • Throughout the episode, the engine's fireboxes do not glow.
  • The lights at Maithwaite are not on.
  • When James puffs away from Thomas, the signal lights are not glowing.


  • Wooden Railway - James Lights the Way

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian James i mørket James in the Dark
Japanese くらやみとジェームス James and the Dark
German James tappt im Dunkeln James groping in the dark
Spanish James en la oscuridad James in the Dark
Polish Kuba w Ciemności James in the Dark
Swedish James i Mörkret James in the Dark
Greek Ο Τζέιμς στο σκοτάδι James in the Dark
Finnish Jaska pimeässä James in the Dark
Russian Джеймс Во Тьме James in the Dark
French James et la lanterne James and the Lantern
Italian James al Buio James in the Dark
Czech James a tma James and Darkness
Slovenian Janez v temi James in the Dark
Chinese 黑暗中的詹姆士 Dark James
Korean 어둠 속의 제임스 James in the Dark
Hungarian James a sötétben James in the Dark
Portuguese O James fica as escuras James is Dark
Catalan En James a les fosques James in the Dark
Romanian James pe Întuneric James in the Dark
Thai เจมส์มืดตึ๊ดตื๋อ James is Extremly Dark
Danish James' nye lygte James' New Lamp

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