Shining Time Station is a 1989 children’s television series that aired on PBS from 1989 until 1993. The show was created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow.


A small man dressed in a train conductor’s suit named Mr. Conductor (Ringo Starr in Season 1 and later by George Carlin in Seasons 2 and 3) would tell stories about Thomas the Tank Engine to young kids.

Why It Rocks

  1. This show first introduced American audiences to Thomas the Tank Engine.
  2. After the original series ended in 1993, the show continued running on PBS in reruns from the mid 1990s to late the 1990s. There was even a spin off series called Mr. Conductor’s Thomas Tales, which focused solely on Mr. Conductor.
  3. Ringo Starr did a good job as the early version of Mr. Conductor and George Carlin did a good job as Mr. Conductor as well. George even stated in an interview that he did that show in order to show a different side of himself and do something he hadn’t done before.
  4. Aside from entertaining viewers, the show taught many lessons including trust, honesty, kindness among many others.
  5. Unforgettable characters, especially Mr. Conductor.

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