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Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Wall ...
Laura Bower ...
Edward Glen ...
Thomas (voice) (as Eddie Glen)
Diesel 10 / Splatter / Gordon (voice)
Toby (voice)
Linda Ballantyne ...
Percy (voice)
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Dodge / Bertie / Harold / Henry (voice)


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, Thomas is fending off attacks by the nasty diesel engines. Getting more gold dust will require help from Mr. C's slacker cousin, his new friend Lilly, and her morose grandfather, plus the secret engine he's hidden all these years and couldn't get running. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

26 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thomas, die fantastische Lokomotive  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£434,903 (UK) (14 July 2000)


$15,911,333 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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All the engines and road vehicles have different whistle and horn sounds. See more »


As Toby quietly approaches the shed where the three diesels are conversing, wanting to eavesdrop on them, he is just moving slowly, and his smokestack is sending up only a couple of smoke-puffs per second. Yet the sound effects have him puffing rapidly, as if he's travelling at least 20 m.p.h. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Conductor: [narrating] Hello. My name is Mr. Conductor, and I'm going to tell you a story about trains.
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Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
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Holy Craploa was that bad... Laughably bad.
30 May 2007 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

My top 10 Problems with this movie...

1 Peter Fonda looked like he was on 'ludes the whole movie... especially when his missing granddaughter turns up and he blurts "lily. i'm so happy to see you". I've never seen a actor emote less.

2 Alec Baldwin. Not that he is bad in this. He seems to be about the only actual actor trying to act. But all I could think of was GlenGary Glen Ross. I was dying for him to scream "YOU THOUGHTLESS LITTLE PIG" to the Lily character. I wonder how far they got into shooting before Alec realized what a major piece of crap he was involved in.

3 Was the Native American driving the train supposed to be some sort of lame joke? You know.. an injun driving an engine. What was he even doing in this movie?

4 The Yahoo Serious brother or cousin or whatever. Simply annoying. Although the "Shell Phone" joke was good.

5 What exactly are the rules about who shrinks and who doesn't when they travel thru the magic railroad. They're definitely not consistent.

6 How exactly did Patch get all that coal to the cave?

7 The engines are barely in this movie at all. And when they are, some speak with a brit accent and others don't. WTF? Plus the engine with the most lines (Diesel 10) isn't even one of the main Thomas and Friends characters.

8 What was Diesel 10 doing there in the first place if he was such a pain in the a..?

9 The opening sequence at Shining Time with the James Taylor-ish music and the juggler was simply lame. At least it was big waving red flag at the beginning of the film alerting me to keep my expectations low.

10 What was with Lily climbing on things? Was it foreshadowing some event that never happened?

11 The whole Gold Dust concept confused the hell out of me. What it's for, where it comes from, all of it... was frustratingly unclear.

Well I could go on and on. I'm not going to cheap out at this point and say "but my kid liked it" like everyone else. Yeah, he'll sit and watch it. But he'd sit and watch just about anything that had Thomas in it and it is a shame that they totally squandered an opportunity to make a decent feature movie with some beloved characters. Too bad.

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