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"Percy, you are not to blame for the points failure, but I do not run a jam factory! (Percy, you are not to blame for the switch failure, but I do not run a jam factory! - George Carlin's US Narration)"
— Sir Topham Hatt

Percy, James and the Fruitful Day is the twenty-fifth episode of the third season. In the US, it first aired in 1993 on the Shining Time Station episode, Schemer's Alone.


One day, James is waiting at the junction when Percy arrives with some troublesome trucks. James tells Percy that engines should always be on time and he puffs away. Percy thinks James is being bossy and ignores him. It was market day and James arrives at the harbour to see all the wonderful fruits from far away lands. James' trucks are filled and he sets off along the main line. On the way, he meets Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel and can't resist boasting. Thomas knows that there'll be trouble ahead for boastful James.

Back at the yard, Percy is busy shunting when the stationmaster tells his driver that James' brakes are jammed and that Percy has to go and help him at once. Percy quickly sets off and soon finds James stranded on the main line. Percy can't resist laughing and teasing James. Percy's driver soon intervenes and asks Percy if he can push the trucks of fruit. Soon, Percy is coupled to the trucks and sets off. Percy is in a hurry and isn't paying full attention to the line. He hadn't seen that the points had failed and that he had been diverted into a siding - until it's too late. Percy crashes into the buffers and gets covered in sticky fruit! The Fat Controller sternly reminds Percy that while the point failure is not his fault, his railway is not a jam factory!

That night in the sheds, all the engines are silent until Thomas reminds everyone that they are all Really Useful Engines!





  • When James is watching his trucks being loaded, there are four open-topped trucks, but when he leaves the harbour, one of them is replaced with a goods van.
  • When James leaves the harbour, the first truck is missing a face.
  • As Percy sets off with James' trucks, James' front wheels are derailed and Percy jerks back before starting.
  • During the crash scene, Percy's cab's roof is raised.
  • There are more than the usual six berths in Tidmouth Sheds.
  • At the end of the episode, a wire of some sort is wrapped around James' funnel.
  • When James puffs by Thomas, Annie and Clarabel, Annie is missing her name.


  • Percy: "Got yourself into a bit of a jam, eh James? What you might call a 'sticky situation'?"
  • James: "Be quiet! It's not funny having jammed brakes!"

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Percy, James en de Soep Percy, James and the Soup
German Heute ist Obsttag Today is Fruit Day
Spanish Percy, James y un Día Fructífero Percy, James & a Fruitful Day
Brazilian Portuguese James e Percy e um Dia de Fruta James, Percy and the Fruit Day
Danish Percy, James og en Frugtbar Dag Percy, James and a Fertile Day
Norwegian Percy, James og den Fruktbare Dagen Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Swedish Percy, James och den Fruktbare Dager Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Finnish Hedelmällistä Yhteistyötä Fruitful Teamwork
Italian Locomotive nei Pasticci Engines in Trouble
Hungarian Percy és James Gyümölcsöző Napja Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Romanian Percy, James și Ziua Lor Rodincă Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Polish Piotrek, Kuba i Owocny Dzień Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Slovak Percy, Jakub a Ovocná Deň Percy, James and Fruity Day
Czech Percy, James a Ovocný Den Percy, James and Fruit a Day
Slovenian Poldi, Jakob in Uspešen Dan Percy, James and the Successful Day
Japanese くだものれっしゃ Fruit Train
Chinese 培西詹姆士和富有成果的一天 Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Ukrainian Персі, Джеймс і плідний день Percy, James and Fruitful Day
Russian плодотворный день The Fruitful Day
Greek Ο Τζέρι, Ο Τζίμι και η λαϊκή αγορά Percy, James, and the Public Market
Serbian Persi, Džejms i Dan Pun Voća Percy, James and a Day Full of Fruit
Korean 쨈이 된 과일들 Jammed Fruits
Thai วันโชคร้ายของเพอร์ซีและเจมส์ Today is Unfortunately Percy and James

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  • The Complete Third Series
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