James is a red mixed traffic engine, he loves looking his best. He not to fond of diesels, or tank engines for that matter!
James was built at Horwich Works in 1912, he is a L&YR Class 28 but with a experimental leading bogey and a Fowler tender. He arrived on Sodor in 1924, however his first day did no go to plan. James derailed into a cow field because of some Troublesome Trucks.
James is very vain and proud of himself, he thinks himself as the most important engine on the railway and he is quick to criticize. But whenever he is in a jam (even when it's his own fault!), he tries to blame it on another engine. He tries to impress Gordon by doing whatever he says and defends him in arguments.