Shining Time Station

Season 1 Episode 21

'Tis a Gift

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'Tis a Gift
The week before Christmas has everyone at Shining Time Station wrapped up in the holiday bustle as the adults bicker over who is playing Santa's Helper. Matt and Tanya are left with Vickie, a young girl unwilling to experience the joys of the season. A mysterious stranger called Mr. Nicholas arrives and makes a lasting impression on Vickie by teaching her the true spirit of the holidays.moreless

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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Mr. Conductor (1990-1991)

George Carlin

George Carlin

Mr. Conductor (1991-1993)

Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan Freeman

Tito Swing

Didi Conn

Didi Conn

Stacy Jones

Leonard Jackson

Leonard Jackson

Henry 'Harry' Cupper (1990-1991)

Nicole Leach

Nicole Leach

Tanya (1990-1991)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (upon noticing a train leaving the station)
      Mr. King: Miss Jones!
      Stacy: Yes, sir!
      Mr. King: There's a train leaving the station! It's... It's impossible!
      Stacy: No, it's not, Mr. King. Nothing's impossible, unless you stop believing in it.

    • Stacy: Mr. Nicholas?
      Mr. Nicholas: Yes, Stacy?
      Stacy: There won't be anymore trains until tomorrow, but you're welcome to stay here if you like.
      Mr. Nicholas: Oh, thank you, Stacy. That's very kind of you, but (looks at his watch) my train will be here any minute now.
      (Stacy hears a train whistle)
      Stacy: Where's that whistle coming from?!
      Mr. Nicholas: That's the Northern Star! And she's right on time too!
      Stacy: But, Mr. Nicholas, that's... That's impossible!
      Mr. Nicholas: Stacy Jones, I'm surprised at you. Nothing is impossible, unless you stop believing in it. Huh?

    • Stacy: Hello? Shining Time Station. Stacy Jones speaking. Oh, hi, Clare. Oh. Oh, you want to bring Vickie here this afternoon?
      (Matt and Tanya wave their arms around and try playing dead, telling Stacy to refuse)
      Stacy: Oh, sure. No problem. Okay. Glad to be of some help. I'll see you in a little bit.
      (she hangs up and turns to the kids)
      Stacy: What is your problem?!
      Matt: Vickie! She's horrible!
      Stacy: Oh, she's not horrible.
      Tanya: Yes, she is. She's mean, and nasty, and selfish, and rude...!
      Stacy: Okay, okay, okay. Now, come on. Nobody can be that bad.
      Matt and Tanya: Vickie can!

    • Mr. Conductor: Oh! There's Midge Smoot! Don't tell her a secret. She's sure to leak it!

  • NOTES (13)


    • The footage used for the opening and closing sequences was filmed at the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona, and features their locomotive #18. Incidentally, the 18 makes a second appearance as it's whistle, a Southern Pacific six-chime, is used for Mr. Nicholas's heard-but-not-seen "Northern Star." This locomotive now resides at the Mt. Hood Railroad in Oregon.