Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift

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Shining Time Station: 'Tis A Gift is the Christmas special of the television series Shining Time Station. (Photo of front video cover)

It takes place during the Christmas season at Shining Time Station. It is just filled with people trying to catch trains to take them to see their families. Even Schemer (Brian O'Connor) is in a good mood, because the Indian Valley committee is putting on a Christmas pageant and he is almost certain to get the part of Santa's helper. The kids, Matt (Jason Woliner) and Tanya (Nicole Leach), write letters to Santa Claus and Mr. Conductor (Ringo Starr) sends them on their way. He then tells the kids the story of the time Thomas the Tank Engine had a Christmas Party:

  • The story is called Thomas's Christmas Party.
  • Mrs. Kyndly, an old friend of Thomas' who lived by the railway, had once stopped Thomas just in time before he got into a nasty accident and Thomas realized the other engines: Gordon, James, Henry, Edward and Percy have never thanked her properly so Thomas proposes they throw a Christmas party, but then Sir Topham Hatt had bad news: Mrs. Kyndly was snowed in and had to be rescued, so Thomas, Toby and Percy head out to do just that and are successful and when they return to the shed, they have their Christmas party! (View photo of this portion of the special).

An old man, Mr. Nicholas (Lloyd Bridges), enters the station carrying a Christmas tree with Tucker (Ardon Bess), and immediately knows everything about Stacy Jones (Didi Conn) from when she was a little girl. Mr. Nicolas says he is there to catch the Northern Star, a train that doesn't run on that railway, but Mr. Nicholas is confident it will come.

Meanwhile, Stacy agrees to watch Claire's (Judy Marshak) daughter, Vickie (Rachel Miner), a bratty little girl, at the station. Matt and Tanya dislike her because of her attitude. She meets Mr. Nicholas who teaches her to be nice to people and it soon begins to work; Schemer's mommy has made him a Santa's helper costume and he begins his campaign against Stacy by telling Midge Smoot (Bobo Lewis), J.B. King (Mart Hulswit) and the Mayor (Jerome Dempsey) untrue things about her. Mr. Conductor tells the kids another story from the Island of Sodor:

  • The story is called Thomas and the Missing Chrismas Tree.
  • It was almost Christmas on Sodor. Thomas went to get a Christmas tree but got stuck in a large bank of snow. The twins saved him and when they come to the big station, they have a Christmas Party!

Mr. Nicholas (if you haven't figured it out by now, he is Santa Claus) is still waiting for the Northern Star and to everybody's surprise, it comes! Meanwhile, everybody was fighting over the part of Santa's helper but Vickie breaks them up by singing a beautiful song. So it turns out to be a merry Christmas after all. Starr's Conductor character leaves Shining Time as he goes with Santa to the North Pole.



  • Created by: Britt Allcroft, Rick Siggelkow
  • Written by: Brian McConnachie
  • Directed by: Gregory Lehane
  • Produced by: Britt Allcroft, Rick Siggelkow
  • Jukebox Band Puppets by: Flexitoon, Craig and Olga Marin
  • Puppets Staged by: Craig Marin
  • Chavanne/Mossberg Casting: Julie Mossberg
  • Over the River and Thro' the Wood Sung by: Rory Dodd, Vaneese Thomas
  • Jingle Bells Sung by: Vaneese Thomas
  • Simple Gifts Arranged by: Steve Horelick
  • It's Christmas Time at the Railway Station Music and Lyrics by: Steve Horelick
  • Sung by: Rory Dodd
  • Theme Composed by: Joe Raposo
  • Individual Scores Composed by: Paul Derrick Mason
  • Shining Time Station Sung by: Kevin Roth
  • The Hobo Song Music and Lyrics by: Kevin Roth
  • Produced by: Vitale Productions
  • Illustrations: © Curtis Publishing Co.
  • Line Producer: Nancy Chapelle
  • Associate Producers: Mindy Levine, Sherry Bondy
  • Associate Director: Larysa Fenyn
  • Production Designer: Wayne White
  • Art Directors: Harley Morden, Rosaria Sinisi
  • Costume Designer: Michael Landry
  • Editor: Michael Belanger
  • Floor Manager: Allen Wylie
  • Technical Producer: Barry Elliott
  • Technical Directors: Kevin Donoghue, Gord Bell
  • Lighting Director: Richard Grunberg
  • Gaffer: Frank Merino
  • Lighting Boardman: Bill Paton
  • Script Continuity: Frances Handelman
  • Cameras: Steve Cruickshank, Dave Denman, John Fox, Ted Hart, Alfie Kemp
  • Audio Mixer: Brent Marchenski
  • Boom Operators: Cory Siddall, Brian Whitty
  • Audio Assistant: Mike Josselyn
  • Cable: Pete Kettlewell
  • Audio Engineer: Steve Ibelshauser
  • Video: Don MacAdam
  • Video Tape Operator: Robby T. Robinson
  • Set Decorator: Elizabeth Calderhead
  • Props: Peter Clifford
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Heather Blurton
  • Wardrobe Assistant: Judith England
  • Hair Stylists: Carol Bentley, Katarina Chovanec
  • Makeup Artist: Lilly Marchenski
  • Production Assistants: Amy Bazil, Suzanne Cooke, Scott Cooper, Miles Raine, Mike Ruan
  • Series Advisor: Dr. Ron Slaby
  • Railroad Consultant: John Hankey

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

  • Based on the Railway Series by: The Rev. W. Awdry
  • Directed by: David Mitton
  • Produced by: Britt Allcroft
  • Music Composed and Arranged by: Mike O'Donnell, Junior Campbell
  • Art Director: Bob Gauld-Galliers
  • Lighting Cameraman: Terry Permane
  • First Assistant Director: Steve Asquith
  • Models and Sets: Pennicott Payne & Lillie Ltd, D.B.P. Models & Effects, Albatross Models & Effects, Bernard Carr
  • Editors: Michael Dixon, Rebecca De Burgh Mound

  • Facilities Provided by: Thirteen/WNET, MTI Television City (New York City), Sync Sound, Lebowitz/Gould Design Inc., Oasis Music
  • Executive Producers: Donald Johnson, Angus Wright
  • Thomas Stories © Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Ltd 1984, 1986
  • Thomas Soundtrack for Shining Time Station © Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Ltd 1990, 1992
  • Shining Time Station Holiday Special is a production of Quality Family Entertainment Inc. in association with Producers Group International.
  • © Quality Family Entertainment, Inc. 1990. All Rights Reserved

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