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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Battery Powered James


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  • Die-cast metal chassis and body
  • Chunky rubber-lined tires grip track to prevent derailing
  • Easy-to-operate start button
  • Special magnet helps keep rolling stock on the track
  • Recommended Age Range 3 to 5 Years
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.9 x 2.3 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (China)
  • ASIN: B0000630L4
  • Item model number: LC99718
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 5 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,501 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

The James die-cast battery-powered engine features powerful four-wheel drive, easy start button, auto shutdown feature, light, and realistic detail. Includes tender. Requires one AA battery (not included).

Product Description

James' hefty battery-powered engine keeps him chugging along for hours of imaginative fun.

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Customer Reviews

Our battery operated James is defective.
Krista
It had no problems staying on our imaginarium tracks, pulling cars or going up hills when it was working.
hapyblakfamily
He loves trains especially anything to do with Thomas!
Joanne Baer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Zossima on September 29, 2003
This metal battery operated James engine and his metal battery operated companions (Thomas, Lady, etc.) are for use with the wooden track. There are larger plastic battery operated engines that fit both the wooden track and the blue plastic track by Tomy.
This is a great product. Very well-constructed. Very durable. It can be switched on, go forward or backward, and it can be pushed manually--another reviewer complained that it could not be pushed, but it can be pushed.
Purchasing recommendation:
* Wait until appropriate age: Our son started with Thomas when he was 18 months old, but we did not buy any battery engines until he was 3. We wanted for him to use his imagination in pushing and pulling for a while. Now he sometimes sits back and just watches the battery engines, while at other times he pushes them.
* The metal engines are more durable: The metal engines cost more than the larger plastic battery-operated engines, but they are far more durable. They feel solid in the hand. They go both forward and backwards, while the plastic engines only go forward. They pull the wooden cars that your child may already have. They're just a better fit!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Marks on May 22, 2005
James is amazing... he chugs around corners and up and down hills without a hitch (although he sometimes gets confused with y-splits and de-rails).

Adds an amazing element to your Thomas train set. My 3 year old loves him, and runs all around the track helping him out. Definitely a must buy.

James is the best battery operated train. The four wheeled trains (like Lady) have problem with the tight radiused corners (3" curves), and constantly derail on a track that James with his 6 wheels has no problems with. If Lady had been the first battery operated train I bought, I would not have bought anymore based upon the difficulty she has with the track. Fortunately, I bought James first.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Jotz on February 10, 2006
The battery-power James is mostly metal rather than wood (his tender is still made of wood) and is perhaps more rugged than the wooden Thomas & Friends engines. He is heavy, well-detailed and durable and is a very fine-looking engine. Toddlers will have no problem starting and stopping him, as the on/off switch is a large button that blends into the top of the driver's cab. And the working headlight is really cool.

However, once James gets rolling, he frequently derails off of our wooden railway or gets stuck. His pulling power is also pretty weak. Quite often, the magnet is unable to hold more than 3 cars (especially when heading uphill), and poor James speeds off while his freight cars or coaches are left behind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J on December 28, 2004
As are all the Thomas & Friends wooden train toys, this is a very solid toy, built-to-last, although the battery powered Engines aren't actually wood - James is made of die-cast metal and has a bit more heft than the wooden engine. Unlike the Brio powered trains, the Thomas & Friends battery powered trains only go forward, but so far our 3 1/2 and 2 year old kids don't seem to mind too much, and the large start/stop button is easier for young kids to use. They love the working headlamp and like to watch him come through tunnels. James has plenty of strength on flat sections of track to pull pretty much any length train, but does struggle a bit on hills, though will make it up and over without too many cars. James doesn't work well with the Thomas & Friends switching track (the kind that has a working red switch to make the train go straight or turn) - when set to turn, James always ends up going off the track. However, I think that is mostly a problem with the switching track design, and not the train.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2005
We bought this train along with the video, James and the Red Balloon and our little one just loves it. He particularly likes the battery operated ones the best and just has a blast playing with James. It works beautifully, and is quite durable. He gets drug all over the place and keeps coming back for more. Plus, he doesn't chew up batteries the way our Brio trains do. Great toy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mucciardi on June 27, 2010
We have four battery operated engines (Thomas, Percy, Lady, James) and James was the last one purchased. James can not make a complete circle without derailing. Also, he can't make it up one of the low Thomas drawbridges. It has nothing to do with the way our track is set up because we did it according to manufacturer's instructions. Even in our own custom set up we removed all small curved track and James had serious problems. Even when Thomas didn't. There is no consistency from engine to engine. It is disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Gilliam on July 11, 2008
I usually don't write reviews, especially negative ones, but I really recommend that you don't purchase this train. I bought James for my 2 year-old son's birthday; he has a train table with lots of trains already, and I thought it would be fun for him to see James navigate the tracks by himself. The first James that I bought didn't even work out of the box. When I put the battery in, the little headlight came on, but the wheels didn't turn. So back it went in exchange for another. This time, I did some research on the battery-powered Thomas line, and discovered that many other people have had the same problem. But I thought I would give it one more try, just to see if I had a little more luck this time, since it sounded like there were also plenty of people who had never had any problems.
Well, the next James that I purchased worked like a charm--for about a week, and that is being generous, because we didn't even play with it every day. Last night my son and I were playing with his trains, and my son turned on James and set him off the track. James promptly fell off the track onto the train table (about a 3-inch fall), and what do you know, all of a sudden his wheels won't turn, although his headlight still works. I tried a trick that someone talked about online about moving the wheels back and forth really fast, but it didn't work. So this James is also going back, and this time I'm not making the mistake of purchasing another one. Looks like my son will be pushing his trains from now on....what a big disappointment. For the money I spent, I would expect a lot better quality out of the Thomas line.
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