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"What are you doing James? You're a big pink steamie!"
— Diesel

Tickled Pink is the third episode of the thirteenth season.


The Fat Controller sends James to the Sodor Steamworks for a new coat of paint. Emily has broken down while picking up Bridget Hatt to take her to a birthday party and no other engine is available, so Sir Topham Hatt has to send James, who is still painted in his pink undercoat. When Emily sees James, she laughs at him, so to prevent the others from doing the same, James decides to hide.

He sees Toby coming down the line and hides beneath a willow tree but Gordon rushes past and blows the tree branches up and Toby sees him and laughs.

Then he sees Diesel who is shunting trucks. James really does not want to be seen by Diesel so he hides behind the waiting trucks. Eventually, Diesel shunts them all and James and his pink paint are revealed. Diesel laughs at James.

Finally, James tries to hide from Gordon in Henry's Tunnel. Thomas and Percy arrive to see what is going on. Gordon insists that the engine in the tunnel reveal himself so that the express can get through. So, James is left with no choice but to reveal himself and after James is laughed at, he realises he is running late. So he steams to Maithwaite passing Henry and Spencer who also laugh, but James does not mind; he just wants to be a really useful engine.

James thinks Bridget and her friends will laugh at him, but instead they smiled, got excited & very happy and Bridget & her friends said to James Pink is their favourite colour, which makes James feel better.






Latin America



  • Diesel's bufferbeam is black in one scene.
  • When Gordon races past Toby, the brake coach is at the back of the express, but in the next shot, the brake coach is at the front.
  • When James puffs away from Spencer, his coaches have switched places.


  • Emily: "Cinders and Ashes! You're bright pink James!? Ha! Ha! Ha!"
  • Toby: "Fizzling Fireboxes James! You're a big pink engine! Ha! Ha! Ha!"
  • Percy: "James... you're! Ha, ha! What a funny colour!"
  • Gordon: I'd hide, too, if I was bright pink!
  • Spencer: "Oh, dear James. Bright pink really isn't your colour!"


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Une Couleur Gênant  An Annoying Colour
Welsh Y Ryfeddu Pinc The Pink Marvel
Danish Hvad en Sjov Farve! What a Funny Colour!
Norwegian Rødmende rosa Blushing Pink
German Schweinchenrosa Piggy Pink
Swedish På rosa moln On Pink Clouds
Japanese ピンクのジェームス Pink James
Finnish Jaska Vaihtaa Väriä James Changes Colour
Italian James la Locomotiva Rosa James the Pink Engine
Spanish Rosado Pink
Russian Герой дня Hero of the Day
Chinese 粉色的詹姆士 Pink James
Korean 분홍 기관차 제임스 Pink Locomotive James
Czech Růžový kavalír Pink Cavalier
Indonesian Pink yang Lucu Pink Funny
Hungarian A rózsaszín mozdony The Pink Engine
Romanian Roz Bombon Pink Candy
Serbian Tugaljiva roze boja Docile, Pink Color
Polish Różowa Lokomotywa Pink Engine
Slovak Ružový kavalier Pink Color
Catalan La vida de color de rosa Life Pink
Greek Έντονο ροζ Bright Pink
Thai สีใหม่ของเจมส์ James' New Colors

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