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"You're finally in a poster. Maybe you are good enough after all!"
— Thomas seeing James in Edward's poster

James the Second Best is the twenty-seventh episode of the tenth season.


James is shocked to discover Edward has been chosen to appear on a railway poster. He tries to be as good as Edward by treating his trucks nicely and being useful, but he is held up after being cleaned, and is afraid Edward will finish his passenger journey before him. James uses the main line to get ahead of Edward, but when he goes onto the same line as him he stops suddenly for a signal and Edward is unable to stop in time. Edward bumps behind James and is pushed forward into Edward's railway poster. Although Thomas jokes he is the poster engine now, the Fat Controller is less than impressed and tells James the children will be unable to visit the seaside now that Edward is damaged. However, James acts as a backing engine for Edward.




  • One of the Wellsworth station buildings is altered and used to portray Killdane.


  • The narrator says that the Photographer was brought to Tidmouth Sheds, but the engines were at a different shed entirely.
  • The posters Edward is on are inconsistent. Despite the photo being taken at the sheds, the posters depict him pulling two coaches on the mainline. One poster at Knapford features Edward without the coaches.
  • When Edward is pushing James and the camera speed slows as James derails, Edward's wheels are still moving forward.
  • Despite his front crashing through the poster, only James' face is shown to have crashed through.
  • James' face is loose when he is at the washdown.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Swedish Näst Bäst Second Best
Danish James og Plakatlokomotivet James and the Poster Locomotive
Norwegian James er Nest Best James is Second Best
French James le Deuxième Meilleur James the Second Best
Spanish James el Segundo Mejor / James Llega Segundo James the Second Best / James Comes Second
Brazilian Portuguese James o Segundo Melhor James the Second Best
Dutch James de Poster Portret James the Poster Portrait
German James Will Aufs Plakat James Wants on Poster
Finnish Jaska Haluaa Olla Ykkönen James Wants to be Number One
Catalan James el Segon Millor James the Second Best
Italian James il Miglior Secondo James the Second Best
Hungarian James a Második Legjobb James the Second Best
Romanian James Este pe Locul Doi James is Second
Polish Prawie Najlepszy Kuba Almost the Best James
Croatian Lokomotiva na Plakatu The Locomotive on a Poster
Czech James na Druhém Místě James is Second
Slovak Jakub je Druhý Najlepší James is Second Best
Japanese ジェームスは2ばんめ James the Second
Korean 두 번째 최고 The Second Best
Russian Джеймс второй по полезности паровоз James' Second Utility Steam Locomotive
Chinese 詹姆士第二棒 James the Second Leg
Thai เจมส์เก่งเป็นที่สอง James is a Good Second

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