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"James is silly, James is slow! James has got us stuck in snow!"
— The trucks taunting James
James Works it Out

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Simon Spencer


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 16th,
2008 (UK)
November 13th,
2008 (AUS)
December 6th,
2008 (US)

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Tram Trouble

James Works it Out is the twelfth episode of the twelfth season.


James is taking some trucks to Great Waterton when he runs into Harold and Edward, who warn him the shorter route has been blocked due to the snow. Hector tells James which way to go, but he ignores Hector's advice, as he believes he is right, and gets stuck in the snow. James then decides to listen to Hector's advice and gets to Great Waterton safely.




  • This is the 300th episode of the television series.
  • Hector gains a Spanish accent in the US narration.
  • This episode marks Hector's last appearance to date.
  • This episode aired before The Great Discovery premiered in the UK, meaning that the audience may have not known who Stanley is or what Great Waterton is.


  • When James puffs to the top of Gordon's Hill, his wheels do not move.
  • When the trucks hit the snowdrift, some of them derail.
  • When James applies his brakes, he does not appear to have a crew in his cab.
  • When James pushes Hector up to the trucks, the one in front of Hector has a face, but when James is seen pushing the train along the line, this truck is missing its face. The truck regains its face after James crashes into the snow, then once again loses it when they clear the snow bank.


  • Take Along (discontinued)
  • TrackMaster

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジェームスのたいあたり James Dashes
Italian I Consigli di un Amico A Friend's Tips
German Auf einen guten Waggon ist Verlass On a Good Wagon you Can Rely On
Indonesian James Bisa Membereskannya James Can Give
Romanian James O Scoale la Capăt James Offer to a School
Polish Praca Kuby James' Jobs
Spanish James lo Soluciona James Solves
Czech Jakubovi už to došlo James Had Not Occurred
Slovak Jakubovi to už došlo James Already Occurred
Chinese 詹姆士成功了 James Succeeded

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DVD Boxsets


  • The Party Surprise (DVD)