An American version of the popular British children's program. Every episode, the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) at Shining Time Station learn some special lessons about life and ... See full summary »




3   2   1  
1993   1991   1989   Unknown  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Magic School Bus (1994–1997)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell
Sesame Street (TV Series 1969)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.

Stars: Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
Arthur (TV Series 1996)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on the books by Marc Brown, these are the adventures of Arthur, an 8-year-old aardvark, and his family and friends as they grow up and learn how to be good neighbors to one another.

Stars: J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu
Thomas & Friends (TV Series 1984)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This popular series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.

Stars: Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon, Keith Wickham
The Cosby Show (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Mr. Conductor's supply of magic gold dust, which allows him to travel between Shining Time and Thomas's island, is critically low. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get more. Meanwhile,... See full summary »

Director: Britt Allcroft
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Cody McMains, Russell Means
Recess (1997–2001)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.

Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis
Our Friend, Martin (Video 1999)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This is the story of a black teenager named Miles, who has to go on a class field trip to the museum of learning what Martin Luther King Jr. did for humanity, he thinks that he'd rather ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Brousseau, Vincenzo Trippetti
Stars: Edward Asner, Angela Bassett, Lucas Black
Family | Game-Show | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Contestants pursue the international thief as junior detectives who must answer questions about geography.

Stars: Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Wayne Moss
Stars: George Carlin, Didi Conn, Tom Jackson
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Lehane
Stars: Ringo Starr, Didi Conn, Nicolle Rochelle


Series cast summary:
 Stacy Jones / ... (65 episodes, 1989-1993)
Brian Edward O'Connor ...
 Schemer / ... (65 episodes, 1989-1993)
Alan Semok ...
 Tex Boy / ... (57 episodes, 1989-1993)
Olga Felgemacher ...
 Didi / ... (56 episodes, 1989-1993)
Peter Baird ...
 Grace the Bass (puppet) / ... (56 episodes, 1989-1993)
Craig Marin ...
 Rex Boy / ... (56 episodes, 1989-1993)
 Tito Swing / ... (54 episodes, 1989-1993)
 Mr. Conductor / ... (45 episodes, 1991-1993)
 Billy Twofeathers / ... (45 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ari Magder ...
 Dan Jones (45 episodes, 1991-1993)
 Kara Cupper (45 episodes, 1991-1993)
Danielle Marcot ...
 Becky (45 episodes, 1991-1993)
Vanéese Y. Thomas ...
 Grace the Bass (44 episodes, 1989-1993)
Kenny Miele ...
 Grace the Bass (puppet) / ... (32 episodes, 1991-1993)


An American version of the popular British children's program. Every episode, the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) at Shining Time Station learn some special lessons about life and getting along with others from the miniature Mr. Conductor. The lessons are then illustrated in segments featuring Thomas the Tank Engine. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Family | Fantasy





| |


Release Date:

12 February 1989 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Brian Edward O'Connor improvised much of his dialogue as Schemer. He also came up with the idea of his single hair curl, as well as his garish costuming. See more »


[repeated line]
Schemer: Genius time!
See more »


Followed by Shining Time Station: Once Upon a Time (1994) See more »


Shining Time Station
Performed by Kevin Roth
Composed by Joe Raposo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Valuable lessons from a train station
22 July 2007 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was born 1986, so my memories of the early 1990s are obviously not my clearest, but I do have many positive memories from that time, including memories of various TV shows. "Shining Time Station" is one of the TV shows I remember from the first half of that decade. I remember watching it regularly for a while, seeing it just before "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" came on. I must have seen reruns of the early '90s kids' programme after its demise as well, because I can recall definitely seeing it after 1993.

The show was set in a train station called Shining Time Station (hence its title). Main characters included Stacy Jones (the station master), Billy Twofeathers (the railroad engineer), and Schemer (the buffoon who owned the station arcade). In Schemer's arcade was a juke box with puppet singers/musicians inside. There were also kids in the show named Becky, Kara, and Dan, who regularly talked to Mr. Conductor, an 18'' inch man who would tell them stories of Thomas the Tank Engine (with sequences using characters from "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends") and teach them lessons. With all the trouble taking place at Shining Time Station, there were many life lessons to be learned.

Like most kids' shows of this kind, "Shining Time Station" was educational. The lessons that the characters learned could be taught to the young viewers of the show. To entertain its viewers, the show had adventure, humour, good quality characters, songs performed by the puppets in the juke box, etc. A major highlight of the show was Schemer, a character who was responsible for a lot of the humour in the show. He could really annoy other characters, but could also sure give viewers some good laughs!

I guess I didn't catch the show right from the beginning, as I cannot remember the Harry Cupper character (the original engineer who was replaced by Billy Twofeathers in Season 2), nor can I remember Ringo Starr (a former narrator for "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends", and best known as the drummer for The Beatles in the 1960s) playing Mr. Conductor (he was replaced in the role by George Carlin in Season 2). So, I guess it's clear that I missed Season 1, but of all those shows I saw way back, I probably didn't see every episode of many of them, if any. I may have seen more of other shows than "Shining Time Station", but this show has still left me with positive (and permanent) memories, and I know many others who watched the show in their childhood can say the same!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Theme Song + Reruns startrekempress
youtube starbrite866
End Theme? manfromroomx1
Thomas the Tank Engine lsrieck
need mr condctor's whistle sound from george carlin timothymcandrew78
Who was the guy... Shelbzx0
Discuss Shining Time Station (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page