"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.


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
  • 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 the family special, "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 its entirety.
  • The show aired on Nickelodeon in 2000 to promote Thomas and the Magic Railroad. The second season episodes used the third season intro.
  • When the show aired on Fox Family in the late 1990s, 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 episodes were narrated by George Carlin to promote the New Zealand broadcast of Shining Time Station.

Seasons, Specials and Spinoffs




Episode Writers



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