"Rescued by a diesel! It's degrading. I won't go!"
— James, Deep Freeze, James and the Diesel Engines


The Works Diesel
  • Class: BR Class 47
  • Designer: Brush Traction
  • Builder: Brush Traction or British Railways' Crewe Works
  • ​Built: Between 1962 and 1968
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
  • Configuration: Co-Co
  • Top speed: 75 or 95 mph

The Works Diesel is a diesel engine who once came from Crovan's Gate to rescue James.


The Works Diesel rescued James after his injector failed, and managed to eradicate James' dislike of diesels with his charismatic persona. He/she then brought the Christmas tree for Thomas from the Other Railway. In Gordon the High-Speed Engine, Donald mentions that there are other diesels at the works. The Works Diesel was later seen talking to Gordon at Barrow-in-Furness.


Although the Works Diesel has not spoken, he/she is described as being friendly and is impossible to not like - even James, who retained a hearty dislike of diesels, could not help but befriend him before the two had even reached the Works.


The Works Diesel is based on a BR Class 47 "Brush" Co-Co.


The Works Diesel is painted in a British Rail "Rail Blue" livery with yellow warning panels.


Railway Series

The Works Diesel was also mentioned in a 2014 magazine fact file featuring James.


* RWS only | ** T&F only

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