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This article is about the song. You may be looking for the actual hot air balloon.

The Red Balloon is a song from the seventh season, dedicated to The Red 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



Deleted Scenes

  • James and the Red Balloon:
    • A deleted scene of the balloon floating over the watermill.
    • A shot 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 puffing through the Suddery Castle with Annie and Clarabel while the Red Balloon floating over Suddery Castle.
  • The Old Bridge - A deleted scene of the hot air balloon floating over the old bridge and Skarloey.
  • The Runaway Elephant - A deleted scene of the hot air balloon floating over Elephant Park.
  • The Grand Opening - A deleted scene of the balloon floating over Peter Sam.
  • Best Dressed Engine - A deleted scene of James pulling two trucks and the May pole while the red balloon floats overhead.
  • Unknown:
    • A deleted scene of James watching the Red Balloon at Sodor 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 Sodor Castle, situated on the Skarloey Railway, but that track is narrow gauge and James is a standard gauge engine.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese まっかなききゅう A Red Balloon

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