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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

Shining Time Station is an American television show created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. It ran from 1989 to 1995.

Cast

Regulars (Whole Series)

First season regulars

Christmas Special characters

Second and third seasons regulars

Recurring characters

Family Specials characters

  • Didi Conn as Stacy Jones
  • George Carlin as Mr. Conductor
  • Brian O'Connor as Horace Schemer
  • Mart Hulswit as J.B. King
  • Bobo Lewis as Midge Smoot
  • Barbara Hamilton as Ginny Johnson
  • Danielle Marcot as Becky
  • Erica Luttrell as Kara Cupper
  • Tom Jackson as Billy Twofeathers (Once Upon a Time, Second Chances and One of the Family only; Mentioned in Queen for a Day)
  • Ari Magder as Dan Jones (Once Upon a Time and Second Chances only; Mentioned in One of the Family)
  • Bucky Hill as Kit Twofeathers (Second Chances, One of the Family and Queen for a Day)
  • Teri Garr as Sister Conductor (One of the Family only)
  • Jonathan Shapiro as Schemee (Second Chances and One of the Family only)
  • Leonard Jackson as Harry Cupper (One of the Family only)
  • Chantellese Kent as Lilly (Once Upon a Time only)
  • Susan Stackhouse as Lilly's Mother (Once Upon a Time only)
  • Ed Begley Jr as Ned Kincaid (Once Upon a Time only)
  • Jack Klugman as Max Okowsky (Second Chances only)
  • Jeannette Charles as The Queen (Queen for a Day only)
  • Andrew Sardella as Prince Michael (Queen for a Day only)

The Jukebox Puppet Band

Broadcast History

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

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

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.
  • The footage of the Union Pacfic #844 seen in the opening and closing credits was reused from the 1981 movie, "Eighty Four Forty Four."
  • 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 "One in the Family" 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.
  • Whistles and Sneezes and most episodes of Season 2 are the only episodes that were never narrated by Ringo Starr in the US although the US Ringo Starr narrations of Whistles and Sneezes and most episodes of Season 2 were planned but cancelled due to Ringo Starr left the series after 1989 to focus on his music career and tour with The All Starr Band, though he often praises his work on the show.
  • 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 picture book. But in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales Episode Splish, Splash, Splosh and in all VHS and DVD releases, the episode is in its entirety.
  • The show aired on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block in the summer of 2000 to promote Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • When the show aired on Fox Family, it used the credits from the television specials but episodes were edited significantly so they could fit the time slot, and even though the series originally aired on PBS the Fox Family airings added commercial interuptions as well.
  • The Indian Valley Railroad (where the station is located) is an actual defunct short line in California. It was constructed to serve the Engels 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.
  • Throughout the series, entire episodes (and at one point, an entire season) were knocked out of continuity due to flashbacks from later episodes. For example, the episode, "How the Station Got its Name" changed the continuity of the entire first season.
  • On the Thomas and Friends VHS tapes from "Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories" to "Better Late Than Never and Other Stories", the Thomas stories featured on the tapes were in order from their Shining Time Station air dates from the first season.
  • When George Carlin assumed the role of Mr. Conductor in the second season, all Thomas stories from the first and second seasons were re-dubbed by him, although not of all of them aired on television.
  • Restored clips from Shining Time Station could be seen at the Explore the Rails travelling exhibit.
  • After Shining Time Station, the fate of most of the props are unknown. The Jukebox was featured the series "The Doodlebops".
  • According to Britt Allcroft, she and Rick Siggelkow are currently working on releasing Shining Time Station onto DVD.

Seasons, Specials and Spinoffs

Crew

Directors

Producers

Episode Writers

Gallery

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