• Released:
    • Plarail: 15 October 1994
    • Tomy Trains: 1994
    • Tomica World, Motor Road and Rail: 1998
    • Plarail (redesigned): 30 January 2003
    • TrackMaster (HiT Toy Company): 2007
    • TrackMaster (Fisher-Price): 2009
    • Plarail (re-release): 29 May 2012
    • Motorized Railway: 2014
    • TrackMaster (Revolution): June 2014
    • Plarail (redesigned): 19 July 2014
  • Item Number:
    • Tomica World, Motor Road and Rail: 7444
    • Plarail (2003-2012): T-05
    • Motor Road and Rail (with track; 2005): 4888
    • TrackMaster (HiT Toy Company): 65022
    • TrackMaster (Fisher-Price) (2009-2013): R9216
    • Plarail (2012): TS-05
    • TrackMaster (Fisher-Price) (2013-2014): BLM63
    • Motorized Railway: BGJ69-BGM86
    • TrackMaster (Revolution): BML08

James is a red tender engine.


  • Tomy Trains (1994-1998 - UK/US):
    • Moves forwards and backwards, driver figure in cab, seperately coupled tender, magnetic couplings
  • Plarail/Tomica World/Motor Road and Rail (1994-2002 - Japan; 1998-2007 - UK/US):
    • Moves only forwards, power in tender, hook and loop couplings
  • Plarail (2003-2014 - Japan):
    • Updated face, white running board, gold stripes around boiler, different trucks.
  • TrackMaster by HiT Toy Company (2007-2009 - US; 2008-2009 - UK):
    • Different sticker details, slight face modification, gold stripes around boiler.
  • TrackMaster by Fisher-Price (2009-2012):
    • New face design, more minor updates.
  • TrackMaster by Fisher-Price (2012-2014):
    • CGI style face, body and motor design, separately coupled tender.
  • Plarail (2014-present - Japan):
    • CGI styled face, separately coupled tender, new rolling stock.
  • Motorized Railway (2014-present):
    • Single unit.
  • TrackMaster (Revolution) by Fisher-Price (2014-present)
    • Redesigned body with no middle wheel, new wheel rubber, smaller tender, and motor with enhanced performance.


  • James with Cattle Van and Brakevan (Tomica World, Motor Road and Rail, Plarail, TrackMaster [HiT Toy Company])
  • James with Troublesome Van and Tar Tanker (Plarail)
  • James with four curved track pieces (Motor Road and Rail [US])
  • James with Cattle Van (Motor Road and Rail, TrackMaster [HiT Toy Company])
  • James with Black Brakevan (TrackMaster [HiT Toy Company])
  • James with two half straight track pieces (TrackMaster [HiT Toy Company])
  • James (Tomy Trains, TrackMaster)
  • James with Brakevan (Plarail)

Special versions


  • The prototype for the TrackMaster (Revolution) James shows him with painted buffers and no side cab windows.


Normal version gallery

Special version gallery

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