Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Shining Time Station

Shining Time Station was an American children's television series that aired on PBS from January 1989 to June 1993. The series starred Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Didi Conn, Brian O'Connor, The Flexitoon Puppets, and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

Shining Time Station was a train station that resided on the Indian Valley Railroad. The station was managed by Stacy Jones, the station master whose grandmother, Gracie Jones (who gave the station its name), ran the station when she was Stacy's age. The station's workshop was run by railroad engineer and mechanic Harry Cupper.

A local named Horace Schemer (simply called Schemer by his friends) ran the station's arcade and was always finding new ways to make more money or to protect his arcade.

There was a jukebox inside the arcade that housed a band that performed for the nickels that were dropped inside.

Mr. Conductor was a tiny man who lived in a signal house inside the station's mural and told the stories of "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends" to the kids. He could teleport in a cloud of his magic gold dust.

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