Episode 46: Kings & Queens


James tries to show the other engines that he is the most important by taking the King and Queen around Sodor, but gets into trouble when disaster strikes!

Featured Characters

  • Stanley
  • Thomas (does not speak)
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James
  • Diesel (does not speak)
  • BJ
  • Rabbit
  • Diesel 10 (cameo)
  • Gordon
  • Eeyore (does not speak)
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Rex
  • Top Hat
  • Wendy
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Marge (does not speak)
  • Emily
  • Duck
  • Oliver (mentioned)


Stanley the silver tank engine has lived on Sodor for many years, and knows it very well. His good friends were Duck and James, and his (sort of) girlfriend was Wendy, who was constantly following him around. His driver is Buzz Lightyear, and the fireman was Rex.

It was spring, and the engines were working hard, on Sir Topham Hatt's railway pulling passengers. Thomas and Barney showed visitors their branchline, Wendy and Marge showed them the windmill, and Gordon and Eeyore showed them the seaside.

One day, James was puffing down the line with his coaches. It had been two months since he was cuaising trouble, and he was out of the sheds. That night, he returned home with the other engines at Tidmouth Sheds. Sir Topham Hatt was waiting for him.

Sir Topham Hatt: The King and Queen of Sodor are coming to celebrate their sixtieth birthday. I need an engine to take them from Brendam Docks to Wellsworth Station for a celebration.

Stanley: I'd like to pull the King and Queen of Sodor!

Gordon: No you can't! You're useful for pulling trucks only! Ha!

Stanley: I can pull coaches too!

Buzz Lightyear: Yes, Stanley, but while James was causing a lot of trouble, you had a nasty accident with coaches!

Stanley could remember the time he had this accident with the coaches...

Stanley: Ah, this is the life! {He feels the coaches bumping him.} What the- OH NO!

{Stanley sees Diesel 10 in his way. Diesel 10 raises his claw, and throws Stanley off the rails.}

Stanley: Oh! Ouch!

Buzz Lightyear: Oh, that's torn it!

Rex: Well, I almost died for a good cause....

Stanley: {angry} That was not my fault!

Gordon: Yes it was! I'll be taking the King and Queen of Sodor, because they like the color of red!

Wendy: You?! The King and Queen wouldn't have a bumpy ride from a big blue express engine, even if his name is Gordon! They have me pull it! I'm one of first steam engines built for the Great Northern Railway!

Sir Topham Hatt: {booming} Silence! James will pull the King and Queen of Sodor tomorrow.

And he drove away. James was excited!

James: I'm going to pull the King and Queen today! {grinning} Slowpoke Stanley couldn't be as good as me! I'm a guaranteed connection!

Wendy: {as Gordon puffs away} Thomas is a guaranteed connection, too!

Next morning, James arrived at Brendam Docks. Top Hat the railway Star tug was there with the King and Queen of Sodor.

Top Hat: I have your important passengers, James!

James: It's the King and Queen of Sodor! I feel like an important engine!

Top Hat: Yes, well, I better get back to work... {He chugs away, annoyed.}

Conductor: All aboard! {Blows his whistle and waves his green flag.}

And the Special Train puffed away.

James showed the King and Queen all the beautiful sights around the Island of Sodor. Then he could see Emily pulling a train of lumber to the lumber mill.

James: Look out, Molly! Important train coming through!

This made Emily very cross. She didn't like it whenever her friends boasted about how special they were to Sodor. James was boasting more than ever still, even Devious Diesel was cross.

James: I am a very important engine on Sodor!

Up ahead, James could see pipes on the tracks, and was horrified! BJ applied his brakes hard, but it was too late! James went off the rails!

BJ: That's done it, James!

Rabbit: Now, you are in deep trouble!

Luckily, no one was hurt, but James layed on his side, and the King and Queen of Sodor were very cross.

King of Sodor: Gosh, Janice! This train's gone crazy!

Queen of Sodor: Yeah! I hate this train! And we'll never have a great birthday!

Jamwes felt very silly, and very sad. Unfortunately for James, Stanley was on a siding and saw everything!

Stanley: {laughs} Who's the slowpoke, now?

James: Oh, no...

Queen of Sodor: Is that a handsome, silver tank engine over here?

Buzz Lightyear Yes, it is, your Majesty! Climb aboard! We'll get you there on time!

The King and Queen of Sodor boarded Stanley, and they set off, leaving Gordon upset and very cross!

James: Hey! You thief! Get back here!

BJ: Well, it's what you get for being oh-so-important!

Emily brought Sir Topham Hatt and Rocky to lift James back on the rails. Sir Topham Hatt saw James still on his side. He was looking very cross.

Sir Topham Hatt: James! You are nothing but causing trouble today! First, you called Stanley a slowpoke! Then, you've crashed into some pipes!

James: But, but I was trying to show the other engines I am important!

Sir Topham Hatt: Silence! As punishment, you will be shunting on Duck's Branch Line for the next two months!

James: Two months?! No, no, no! You can't be serious!

Sir Topham Hatt: Oh, I am serious! This is what it should be long! And you will be sleeping at the Branch Line sheds, with Duck and Oliver!

James didn't feel important anymore, and he began to cry.

Soon, James was back on the rails, and when night came, he went to Duck's Branch Line.

Duck: So, James, did you enjoy the King and Queen of Sodor's birthday?

James: No, I've been foolish, and Stanley took them for me. Stanley?

Stanley: Yes, James?

James: I'm sorry for what I said, and called you a slowpoke. You're an important engine, too.

Stanley: That's okay, Gordon! That's what friends are for!

James: Can we be friends again, please?

Stanley: Yeah, like great friends should. I wish Sir Topham Hatt had chosen me, so we can still be's friends too.

James: And it goes to show, we're the greatest express engines on Sodor!

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