Shining Time Station

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Shining Time Station

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Shining Time Station is a railroad station located in the Indian Valley. The station master is Stacy Jones and there were two engineers. In season 1, the engineer was Henry "Harry" Cupper. He was replaced in season 2 by Billy Twofeathers. There is also an arcade with a Jukebox. The owner of the arcade is the humoristic Schemer who likes to play tricks on people. An 18-inch man named Mr. Conductor lives in a painting on the station wall. He was played by Ringo Starr in the first season, but when his character left to go to the North Pole in the Christmas special, he was replaced by his cousin, played by George Carlin. George Carlin and he played his cousin Mr. Conductor who would replace him at the station in the second season and stay there for the entire run of the show. He goes to the Island of Sodor and tells stories about Thomas the Tank Engine. The kids who come to the station are Matt, Tanya, Dan, Kara, and Becky. Shining Time Station is a comedy series which teach lessons about life. It is based on musical (Juke Box Band) and Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends presentations. The Juke Box Band are small puppets who play a large variety of music ranging from folk, country, ballad to rock. "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends" is an art masterpiece. It shows movie clips of miniature trains on an island with beautiful special effects that are similar to real life.moreless
Alan Semok

Alan Semok

Tex Boy

Ari Magder

Ari Magder

Dan Jones (1991-1993)

Aurelio Padron

Aurelio Padron

Felix Perez The Bus Driver (1991-1993)

Barbara Hamilton

Barbara Hamilton

Ginny The Farmer (1991-1993)

Beverly Glenn

Beverly Glenn

Grace The Bass

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor

Schemer ,The Arcade Ownerer

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The show that introduced Thomas to America.

    9.0
    Since I lived in the UK, I never saw this, but I looked into it recently, and I was surprised how good it is. It features a tiny conductor called Mr. Conductor (Played by Ringo Starr in Season 1, and George Carlin from Season 2 until it finished). It features other characters (I forgot their names) in a station unlike any other. The best part is that it features Thomas episodes! It ended in 1995, and then there was the horrible Thomas and the Magic Railroad, which features Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor and he reacts too much here. Even though STS is finished, Thomas still remains thriving on PBS these days. Overall, This show is great and is recommended watching on YouTube, and we are still waiting for the DVD release.moreless
  • Who made this show!? This Show is boring!

    1.0
    This Show is boring. The only intersting thing i have with this show is George Carlin narrating seasons 2 and 3 Thomas stories part. And the Thomas stories. But everything else sucks. I give it a 7/100 Horrible
  • Shining Time Station Shined Brightly.

    10
    I've always loved this PBS series and it became one of my favorites growing up, this was how I first learned of Thomas The Tank Engine via this show. And while I found the Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends stories fine, I liked what took place in the eponymous train station more and was always more interested in that. I liked how those stories were always incorporated into the episodes when either of the two Mr. Conductors (portrayed by Ringo Starr or the late George Carlin) would tell whatever the stories were, depending on the episode's subject, to the handful of kids who frequented there. That aspect of the program makes it similar to the concept of the Noddy series from the late '90s. This gets my vote to be on the most outstanding kid shows of all time list. What isn't there to like about it?

    Aside from the aforementioned two Mr. Conductors (who were small, could magically appear and disappear at will, and weren't seen nor known about by many, and the few, notable kids who visited the station), there were also the station master Stacy, who I think was related to one or a couple of the kids; Schemer, who if I recall exactly owned the arcade there, loved money (especially nickels) and was always trying to come up with and plot ways (as his name is self-explanatory and implies) to get rich quickly, almost like a true con artist or scam artist; the Flexitoon Puppets who comprised a band and lived in a jukebox where they performed (and they were the ones who played the tracks every time a nickel was dropped into it, and a track was selected) and more. If anyone reading my review has never seen Shining Time, I say check it out, because everything about it, from the storylines to the characters are great. With morals or lessons that were done the right way, I pick and consider this as yet another winner and a keeper for sure.moreless
  • Probably my favorite childhood show.

    10
    Shining Time Station was probably my favorite show when I was little. I really was a huge fan of Thomas and all of his friends. I couldn't get enough of the show and every morning I would try to watch every episode. It is a shame it only lasted as long as it did. I thought that it had some really good stories and it was cleverly written. My favorite engines had to be Thomas, Edward, and The Scottish Twins, Donald and Douglas. Whenever they were on the show, I made show to watch as I would think it was extra interesting. I will never forget watching this show as it was an all time classic for children. Hopefully they will run re-runs again. Thank you.moreless
  • Great spinoff of the original Thomas & Friends series!

    10
    Man, I used to like this show when I was 4 months old. My favorite narrators Ringo Starr and George Carlin were in it too. My favorite parts are when they tell the stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends on the Island of Sodor. Too bad it got cancelled. That show was classic on PBS and always will be. I wonder how it got cancelled, was it Rev. W. Awdry's death, or maybe Thomas & the Magic Railroad was the final episode? Probably B. I wish this show came back. I might rent or buy the videos online.moreless
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Animation, Kids, Suspense

Themes

childlike sense of wonder, for the child in you, educational goals, cultural institutions, Infants & Toddlers