Thomas the Tank Engine - Train
character featured on the five-minute children's show called THOMAS
THE TANK ENGINE AND FRIENDS.
First produced in England in 1982, the series featured life-like model trains with personality and
problems of their own.
In 1989, PBS network produced an expanded live-action version of the
British series called SHINING TIME STATION (1989-1993) that featured
the Thomas the Tank Engine animations. The show was set at Shining
Time Station, a part of the Indian Valley Railroad.
Former Beatle, Ringo Starr (and later
George Carlin in 1992)
appeared as a tiny train conductor known as Mr. Conductor who lived
in a painting in an enchanted train station.
The American adaption also included:
- Didi Conn as Stacey Jones, the station manager
- Brian O'Connor as Schemer, arcade owner
- Leonard Jackson as Harry Cupper, engineer & mechanic
- Nicole Leach as Tanya
- Jason Wolimer as Matt
- Rusty the train (featured in the video Rusty to the Rescue & Other
Thomas Stories who debuted in January of 1995).
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