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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 ...
Young Burnett (voice)
Laura Bower ...
Young Tasha (voice)
Edward Glen ...
Thomas (voice) (as Eddie Glen)
Diesel 10 / Splatter / Gordon / Tumbleweed (voice)
Toby (voice)
Linda Ballantyne ...
Percy (voice)
Kevin Frank ...
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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

26 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thomas e a Ferrovia Mágica  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£434,903 (UK) (14 July 2000)


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

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There are over 300 special effects shots in the film. See more »


When Thomas first starts off again along the magic railway tunnel after backing up to retrieve the missing sixth coal-wagon, there is clearly nothing in tow behind him; the coal-car only shows up hooked to Thomas in the next, "from behind", shot. 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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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the closing credits, "Shining Time Station" plays. See more »


Thomas Theme Song
Written by Junior Campbell as JNR Campbell and Mike O'Donnell
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I hope I NEVER grow up enough to not like this.
27 July 2000 | by (Greenfield, IN) – See all my reviews

I want to start off by saying I gave this movie a 10 of 10. Any movie which can keep my 2 and 4 year-olds still and speechless with their cute little mouths hanging open for 85 min. has to be an amazing feat.

That said, put on your little kid hat and enjoy. This movie is NOT adult fare. It isn't meant to be. It hits its target 2 to 6 year old market with a bullseye the size of Texas. In this high tech gadget age, I find it incredible how our transportation methods of the past are so interesting to our little children. They LOVE trains. Every kid in the PACKED theatre LOVED trains. I looked around about half way through this movie and ALL the kids in the audience were glued to the screen. I HAVE NEVER been to any movie where the kids were so into it. Not Toy Story, Not Toy Story 2, Not A Bugs Life, Not The Lion King, NOT Little Mermaid, and definitely NOT Chicken Run. This blows them all away. It caters to the youngest child in you. The wonder of the magical world of large machinery. The amazing feat of these trains which are SO taken for granted by us adults, is not at all lost on these kids.

For a moment, I lost myself in being a toddler again, and the pressure of long working hours and making a life for my family was gone. I hope I NEVER grow up enough to not enjoy taking a child's perspective and running with it. I think Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda deserve a big round of applause for participating in a film with almost no adult appeal, but entirely to entertain its core audience, the 4 year old.

The Magic of Thomas the Tank Engine is something we started to experience only this spring. My son picked out one of the videos from our local library, and he was hooked. He watched them all! When we took vacation earlier in the summer we scheduled a ride on The Real Full-Size Thomas at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway near Cleveland, OH. My children still talk about it daily. It was the time of their lives to this point. For such simple joy, I am thankful to all of those who make this sort of thing possible.

So, Take the munchkins, pretend you are one of them and lose yourself in the moment. You may just find a little child lurking somewhere just under the surface!

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