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Shining Time Station (television series)

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"Shining Time is the moment the engine builds up steam and the wheels begin to shine on the track."
— Britt Allcroft in 1993
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Shining Time Station is an American television show created by Britt Allcroft. It ran from 1989-1995.

Cast

Regulars (Whole Series)

First season regulars

Christmas Special characters

  • Didi Conn - Stacy Jones
  • Ringo Starr - Mr. Conductor
  • Jason Woliner - Matthew "Matt" Jones
  • Nicole Leach - Tanya Cupper
  • Ardon Bess - Tucker Cupper
  • Lloyd Bridges - Mr. Nicholas
  • Judy Marshak - Claire
  • Rachael Miner - Vickie

Second and third seasons regulars

Recurring characters

Family Specials characters

  • Didi Conn - Stacy Jones
  • George Carlin - Mr. Conductor
  • Tom Jackson - Billy Twofeathers
  • Brian O'Connor - Horace Schemer
  • Mart Hulswit - J.B. King
  • Bobo Lewis - Midge Smoot
  • Barbara Hamilton - Ginny Johnson
  • Danielle Marcot - Becky
  • Erica Luttrell - Kara Cupper
  • Ari Magder - Dan Jones (Once Upon a Time and Second Chances only; Mentioned in One of the Family)
  • Bucky Hill - Kit Twofeathers (Second Chances, One of the Family and Queen for a Day)
  • Teri Garr - Sister Conductor One of the Family only)
  • Jonathan Shapiro - Schemee Schemer (Second Chances and One of the Family only)
  • Leonard Jackson - Harry Cupper (One of the Family only)

The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Olga Marin - Didi
  • Alan Semok - Tex
  • Craig Marin - Rex
  • Jonathan Freeman - Tito Swing
  • Peter Baird/Vanesse Thomas - Grace the Bass (1989-1990)
  • Peter Baird/Kenny Miele - Grace the Bass (1991-1995)

Broadcast History

  • PBS (1989-1997)
  • Fox Family (1998-1999)
  • Nick Jr. (Nickelodeon) (2000)

NOTE: Fox Family and Nick Jr. both only aired Seasons 2 and 3 of STS.

Behind the Scenes

  • Shining Time Station was created to introduce Thomas the Tank Engine to American audiences.
  • Kevin Roth sang the theme song played during the opening and closing credits
  • All of the Shining Time Station episodes only ever had three sets: the main room of the station, the workshop, and the interior of the station's jukebox where the Jukebox Band resided. This changed in the specials, in which scenes took place outside, in the signal house, and in a large basement-type room that may or may not be part of the station building.
    • In Schemer Presents!, a fourth set was made. This is believed to be either Schemer's house or his room.
  • Didi, the female drummer of the Jukebox Band, is shown to have a crush on Mr. Conductor. Mr. Conductor learns about this in "Queen for a Day", and they apparently begin to date.
  • Mr. Conductor has various forms of his magic gold dust, including some for teleportation, forgetfulness, love, sleep, and pranks. It also has life-giving qualities, and can make inanimate objects come alive. His whistle also has some magic, and is used to start a Thomas Story by means of blowing.
  • In the specials, Mr. Conductor shows that he can appear and interact with the Jukebox Band Characters.
  • Also in the specials, Mr. Conductor has a nametag on his uniform.
  • In the episode "Washout" when Mr. Conductor tells the story "Bertie's Chase" the beginning (Edward waiting for Thomas) was omitted. This scene was also omitted from the James In A Mess picturebook. But in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales Episode "Splish, Splash, Splosh" and in all VHS and DVD releases, the episode is in it's entirety.
  • When the show aired on Nickelodeon, it was aired to promote Thomas and the Magic Railroad. The second season episodes used the third season intro.
  • When the show aired on Fox Family, it used the credits from the TV Specials but episodes were edited significantly so they could fit the time slot.
  • The Indian Valley Railroad (where the station is located) is an actual defunct short line in California. It was constructed to serve the Engals Copper Mine, the largest copper mine in California, and was a branch connection of The Union Pacific Railroad at Paxton, California. Indian Valley is where the mine was located.
  • When Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends was released on VHS in New Zealand, Season 3 was narrated by George Carlin to promote the New Zealand broadcast of Shining Time Station.

Seasons and Specials

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