"Keeping up with James" is a Christmas episode from the ninth season of Thomas and Friends, and notably the series' first one to premiere on Channel 5. Michael Angelis narrated it in the UK and Michael Brandon narrated it in the US.
James is teamed with Edward to clear a path through the snow to Knapford. Edward can't go fast and James is afraid he'll delay him, but cheers up when he finds he can slide at high speeds on the icy rails. They later collect coal from the coaling plant, and Edward warns James to take care on the icy rails, to no avail. James slides too fast down Gordon's Hill, loses control and derails into a snowdrift. The Fat Controller is cross and tells James he won't be able to pull the presents train, the reason why James wanted to go so fast, and gives the train to Edward. James offers to be Edward's back engine, and the Fat Controller agrees but tells him to be careful. The presents train arrives on time, and James feels proud.