The Rookie is the seventh episode of Season 2 it is part of The James Marathon.

The Rookie
Season 2, Episode 7
Air date August 12, 2011
Written by HenryDashPaxton3000
Episode guide
Edward & the Tenders
James and the Frieght Cars


James and the engines have a hard time sleeping. So James decides to tell stories of when he arrived on the island.... When he was at his old island he was black all the way. When Sir Topham Hatt needed an engine he volunteered, but others also wanted, but Hatt chose James. When he came to the island he had no experice, so he bumped the coaches right off the track. And crashed the strongest buffers. Hatt sends him to The Siding in disgrace and his wish of being red crumbles up.


  • James
  • Henry
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Gordon (non-speaking role)
  • Edward (non-speaking role)
  • Thomas (non-speaking role)


  • This is the first flashback.


  • At the sheds engines have tenders unlike other shed scenes.
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