Shining Time Station Merchandise Guide

A look at the licensed merchandise affiliated with
Shining Time Station

Books

Quality Family Entertainment, Inc. included The Shining Time Station Book Company amongst its holdings, with titles distributed by Astor Music & Books.
 
Two of the books published were authored in a sing-along format and featured the Juke Box Puppet Band. Details for both books can be found below.

I've Been Working on the Railroad (Cover)
Cover for "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow
The Shining Time Station Book Company
A Division of Quality Family Entertainment, Inc.
Distributed by Astor Music & Books (1994)
ISBN 1-884336-01-9
 
Lyrics adapted by Cheri Schotz based on Shining Time Station's characters & storyline created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. Illustrated by Chris Dellorco.
 
Hop on board with Shining Time Station's Juke Box Puppet Band as they hoot and holler about life on the tracks in their very own rollicking version of this popular railroad classic. Hum Fee Fi Diddly I Oh and dance the day away with Tito, Didi, Grace and the Boy Brothers, Tex and Rex, with this book that's as fun to sing as it is to read.
Book content example
Book content example for "I've Been Working on the Railroad"

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This Old Band (Cover)
Cover for "This Old Band"
This Old Band
Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow
The Shining Time Station Book Company
A Division of Quality Family Entertainment, Inc.
Distributed by Astor Music & Books (1994)
ISBN 1-884336-00-0
 
Lyrics adapted by Cheri Schotz based on Shining Time Station's characters & storyline created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. Illustrated by Chris Dellorco from a storyboard by Craid Marin.
 
Take a ride with Shining Time Station's lovable Juke Box Puppet Band as they rock and roll through their own rendition of everybody's favorite sing-along. Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and count to ten with Tito, Didi, Grace and the Boy Brothers, Tex and Rex, with this book that's as fun to sing as it is to read.
This Old Band - inside content
Book content example for "This Old Band"

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Who's at Shining Time Station
Cover for "Who's at Shining Time Station"
Who's Who at Shining Time Station
by Britt Allcroft and Bill Kispert (Photographs by Shonna Valeska) 
The Shining Time Station Book Company
A Division of Quality Family Entertainment, Inc.
Distributed by Astor Music & Books (March, 1994)
ISBN-13: 978-1884336027
 
This small station-shaped board book aimed towards preschoolers features photographs of the Shining Time Station characters with rhyming captions. 
Who's at Shining Time Station content
Book content example for "Who's Who at Shining Time Station"

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 Due to their scarcity, there must have been a rather limited print run for the books listed below. Information is sadly lacking about these titles other than to surmise that the first one is a third-season episode photo tie-in or illustrated adaptation.
 
Becky Makes a Wish
by Sean Kelly, Britt Allcroft, Rick Siggelkow and Bill Kispert (Contributor)
Quality Family Entertainment, Inc. (1993)
(Shining Time Classics Series, 40 pages, paperback)
ISBN: 148433603-5
 
...and what appears to be a revamped edition of the above.
 
Becky Makes a Wish
by William Kispert, illustrated by Ray Bartkos
Astor Books (1995) 
ISBN-13: 978-1884336058

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Another rarity in the Shining Time Station franchise, this title contains themed artwork by acclaimed Iowa folk artist Paul Micich. The only example of the book's content that we've been able to find is shown below.
 
The Wonderful Whistle Stop
by Bill Kispert, Britt Allcroft, Rick Siggelkow - illustrated by Paul Micich
Quality Family Entertainment, Inc. (1994)
ISBN-13: 978-1884336041

Example of  artwork "The Wonderful Whistle Stop"
Example of artwork from "The Wonderful Whistle Stop"

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Station House Pop-Up/Sound-Up book
STATION HOUSE
Yes! Entertainment & Quality Family Entertainment, Inc. (1993)
PART # 799557
ISBN 1-883366-10-0
 
This pop-up sound-up playset "book" when unfolded featured 2 dioramas: 1 of the station floor, and 1 of the arcade. The set included a figurine of Schemer, Stacy and Mr. Conductor atop a unicycle. Playability was enhanced with 10 sound effects that users activate by pressing the icons on the red plastic tray. 
 
Station House pop-up book details
Station House Pop-Up/Sound-Up detail
 
Featured Sounds

01 - Shining Time Station
01 - Stacy: "Shining Time Station"
02 Dog barking
02 - Dog barking

03: Telephone ringing

03 - Ringing telephone
04 - Jukebox sound
04 - Jukebox sound
05 - Schemer: "Genius Time"
05 - Schemer: "Genius Time"
06 - Conductor whistle
06 - Mr. Conductor's whistle
07 - Electronic arcade sounds
07 - Electronic arcade sounds
08 - Station clock ticking
08 - Station clock ticking
09 - Steam locomotive whistle
09 - Steam locomotive whistle
10 - Magic Gold Dust sparkling
10 - Magic Gold Dust sparkling

The photos below were shared by Sam Hodgson (with our thanks). They show some additional details of what accessories were included with the Station House Pop-up book.

stationhouse pop-up book - Arcade
Schemer's Arcade with Schemee
stationhouse pop-up book station floor
Main station floor with J.B. King
stationhouse pop-up book - Billy's office
Billy Twofeather's office
Arcade with the Jukebox Puppet Band
Arcade with Jukebox Puppet Band
Mr. Conductor (George Carlin version)
Mr. Conductor sparkling
Stacy, Mr. Conductor and Schemer figurines
Stacy, Mr. Conductor and Schemer figurines

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Videos

Despite having 65 episodes, 5 one hour specials and 6 .5 hour specials associated with Shining Time Station, only about a dozen home video titles were ever released for retail.
 
The first Shining Time Station home videos were released by A*VISION ENTERTAINMENT on October 27, 1992 (covers seen below). The two VHS videos included The 1990 Holiday Special 'Tis a Gift (cat.# 50347-3), and SINGSONGS (cat. # 50348-3), a compilation of 16 music videos featured in the series' picture machine, magic bubble and anything tunnel sequences.

'Tis a Gift  #50347-3 (A* VISION Ent. - 1992)
'Tis a Gift
A*VISION ENTERTAINMENT (1992)
Cat.# 50347-3
SINGSONGS  #50348-3 (A* VISION Ent. - 1992)
SINGSONGS
A*VISION ENTERTAINMENT (1992)
Cat.# 50348-3

KID VISION released the following titles on April 21, 1993 which retailed for $14.98 US. Episodes included were Season 3's Stacy Cleans Up (50389-3) and Schemer Alone (50390-3). This was also a first time a direct-to-video special was produced featuring the Juke Box Puppet Band with A Day in the Life (50391-3).
 
Interestingly, in 1992 Quality Family Entertainment made use of 4:45 minutes of the Drive-In sequence first seen in Season 2's Stop the Press, where it was left uncredited. The source was properly credited on the home videos as originating from the 1984 animated short (18:15 min) Easy Living, by Chip Lord and Mickey McGowan, where the footage was used under licence as opening and closing segments.
 
The tapes released in 1993 and 1994 also included a Schemer Presents skit as bonus material featured after the episode was over. 

Stacy Cleans Up (1993)
Vol. 1: Stacy Cleans Up
KID VISION  (1993)
Cat. # 50389-3
Schemer Alone
Vol. 2: Schemer Alone
KID VISION  (1993)
Cat. # 50390-3
Juke Box Puppet Band: A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life
KID VISION  (1993)
Cat. # 50391-3

The early VHS releases of Volume 1 and 2 also included cardstock cutouts of the characters. An rare surviving example of the cutout included with Stacy Cleans Up (Stacy and her ticket desk) is pictured below (with thanks to Sam Hodgson).

Stacy & desk cutout included with Stacy Cleans Up
Stacy & desk cutout included with Stacy Cleans Up VHS (courtesy Sam Hodgson)

Kid Vision and Quality Family Entertainment re-released the 1990 'Tis a Gift Holiday Special (bottom-left) on October 6, 1993 (cat. # 50347-3). The only Season 2 episode title Sweet and Sour was released by YES and Britt Allcroft Productions later in 1993 for the TV Teddy Videotape series (bottom-right).

'Tis a Gift  #50347-3 (Quality Family Ent. 1993)
'Tis a Gift
Quality Family Entertainment (1993)
 Cat.# 50347-3
Sweet and Sour TV Teddy series (1993)
Sweet and Sour
TV Teddy/YES! Ent. (1993)
Cat.# 999377

In 1994, Kid Vision released 6 of the Season 3 episodes under "The Original Classic" volumes, including Stacy Cleans Up (re-issue), Becky Makes a Wish, Billy's Party, Bully for Mr. Conductor, Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin, and Schemer's Special Club.

Stacy Cleans Up  (KIDSVISION 1994)
CLASSIC VOLUME 1
Stacy Cleans Up
KID VISION  (1994)
Cat. # 50389-3
Schemer Alone (KIDSVISION 1994)
CLASSIC VOLUME 2
Schemer Alone
KID VISION (1994)
Cat.# 50390-3
Bully for Mr. Conductor (KIDSVISION 1994)
CLASSIC VOLUME 3
Bully for Mr. Conductor
KID VISION (1994)
Cat.# 50432-3
Becky Makes a Wish (KIDSVISION 1994)
CLASSIC VOLUME 4 
Becky Makes a Wish
KID VISION  (1994)
Cat. # 50434-3
 
Billy's Party (KIDSVISION 1994)
CLASSIC VOLUME 6
Billy's Party 
KID VISION (1994)
Cat.# 50510-3
Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin (KIDSVISION 1994)
CLASSIC VOLUME 7
Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin
KID VISION (1994)
Cat.# 50514-3
 
Schemer's Special Club
CLASSIC VOLUME 8
Schemer's Special Club
KID VISION (1994)
Cat.# 50512-3

1994 also saw the KIDS VISION release of 2 direct-to-video specials: Schemer Presents: The World According to Me! (Volume 1), and The Juke Box Puppet Band: Lullaby (Volume 2). 

Schemer Presents: The World According to Me! 1994
Schemer Presents:
The World According to Me! (Vol. 1)
KIDS VISION (1994)
Cat.# ?
The Juke Box Puppet Band: Lullaby (1994)
The Juke Box Puppet Band:
Lullaby (Vol. 2)
KID VISION (1994)
Cat.# ?

What appears to be the final Shining Time Station video was the re-release of 'Tis a Gift on October 7, 1997 by Starz and Britt Allcroft Productions. Interestingly, this version of the title was featured as a "Christmas Special" instead of the previously promoted "Holiday Special".

'Tis a Gift (Starz / Britt Allcroft Prod. 1997)
'Tis a Gift
STARZ / Britt Allcroft Productions (1994)
Cat.# ?

There were originally to be 4 Jukebox Puppet Band VHS Releases
While doing some research for the new Fansite, we came across a newspaper article in the May 18, 1993 issue of the Cedartown Standard. The article covered the Juke Box Puppet Band and made mention that there were to be 4 solo direct-to-video releases featuring the Band. We of course know of only two that were released, so we asked Flexitoon's Craig Marin if he could provide any insight. Below is Craig's reply (with our thanks!) from July 28, 2013:

There were indeed 4 home videos of the Juke Box Puppets shot with their own plots and characters. It was devised so that the songs would do double duty in the series itself. It was a magical 3 week production period where we first added all the marionette doubles to the cast, as well as JJ Silvers, the band's manager.
 
The titles were:
•  DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE JUKE BOX BAND
•  LULLABY
•  CAN'T REMEMBER THE THIRD ONE
and my favorite because it was the wackiest...
•  TRIBUTE TO JJ SILVERS
 
It was disappointing that they all weren't released -- I guess Rick (Sigglekow, producer) knows why. However, I did get copies of all finished edits back then, and a few years ago we cut together highlights from all four into a JUKE BOX BAND'S GREATEST HITS compilation. Strangely -- or synchronsitically -- we *just* posted them the day before I received your email! So here they are for you and SODORIANS everywhere -- some familiar material mixed together with never before seen footage of the JUKE BOX PUPPET BAND. From FlexitOOn to you.
 
Enjoy!
 
Craig Marin

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Games
Whistle Stop Surprise
Harmony Toy (1992)
ISBN 1-881371-03-4
Whistle Stop Surprise is a matching pairs game for 2 to 4 players with a surprise ending! The backs of the 36 jumbo cards can be put together to make a giant picture puzzle (2' x 4'). A game for ages 4-8 that doesn't require reading skills and encourages individual and cooperative play.
 
Contents:
•  36 Jumbo Playing Cards (featuring Thomas and his friends)
•  Story and Game Instructions
Whistle Stop Surprise (front)
Whistle Stop Surprise card game (front)
Whistle Stop Surprise (rear)
Whistle Stop Surprise card game (rear)

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RAILROAD RESCUE
Harmony Toy (1992)
ISBN 1-881371-01-8
Thomas the Tank Engine's Railroad Rescue was advertized as a 1-4 player Board Game of Creative Problem Solving for ages 4 to 8. The game's plot involved helping Thomas complete an important run from the engine shed and back, with the added challenge of encountering obstacles on the track. Players would use creative problem solving to decide which of Thomas' friends should come to his rescue and help clear the line.
 
Contents:
•  Game Board
•  Spinner
•  20 Magnetic Play Obstacle Discs 
•  5 Magnetic Rescue Vehicles
•  Stand-up Thimas Playing Piece 
•  Story and Game Instuctions 
Railroad Rescue board game (1992)
Thomas the Tank Engine's Railroad Rescue board game (front)
 Railroad Rescue board game (rear) 1992
Thomas the Tank Engine's Railroad Rescue board game (rear)

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THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE'S
B-I-N-G-O TRAIN
Harmony Toy (1993)
ISBN 1-881371-11-5
Thomas the Tank Engine's B-I-N-G-O is a listening and picture recognition game for 3 to 6 players ages 4 to 8. The game introduces new exciting ways to play BINGO, combines individual and cooperative play, and encourages role playing. 
 
Contents:
•  12 B-I-N-G-O Cards
•  40 Conductor's Calling Cards
•  160 Train Tickets 
•  Conductor's Log
•  Story and Game Instructions 
B-I-N-G-O Train Game (front)
Thomas the Tank Engine's B-I-N-G-O Train game (front)
B-I-N-G-O Train game (rear)
Thomas the Tank Engine's B-I-N-G-O Train game (rear

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ALL ABOARD ALPHABET
Harmony Toy (1992)
ISBN 1-881371-02-6
Thomas the Tank Engine's All Aboard Alphabet is a 1-4 player memory and recognition card game for ages 4 to 8. When laid out, the cards form a track measuring about 8 feet long.
 
Contents:
•  26 Jumbo ABC Playing Cards
•  Stand-up Thomas Playing Piece
•  Story and Game Instuctions

TTTE's All Aboard Alphabet card game (front)
Thomas the Tank Engine's All Aboard Alphabet card game (front)

TTTE's All Aboard Alphabet card game (rear)
Thomas the Tank Engine's All Aboard Alphabet card game (rear)

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TRICKY-TRACK DOMINOES
Harmony Toy (1993)
ISBN 1-881371-13-1
Thomas the Tank Engine's Tricky-Track Dominoes is similar to the classic game of dominoes for 1-4 players ages 4 to 7. Players match characters and lay down a maze of railroad tracks, while deciding where to put the "tricky-tracks".
 
Contents:
•  32 Giant Domino and Tricky-Track Cards
•  Story and Game Instuctions

Thomas the Tank Engine's Tricky Track Dominoes
Thomas the Tank Engine's Tricky Track Dominoes (front and rear packaging)

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SCHMID COLLECTIBLES 
Schmid was at one time a major licensed maker of ceramic collectibles. In 1994 and under license with Quality Family Entertainment, the company released a number of Shining Time Station pieces to be collected by fans of the show. The pieces were packed on attractive Shining Time theme coloured boxes featuring artwork of the station and its residents. Schmid also later produced a number of ceramic collectibles of the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends characters for Britt Allcroft Productions. Here we feature the Schmid line produced for Shining Time Station.
 
Artwork featured on Schmid collectable boxes
Sample of the artwork featured on the boxes for Schmid SHINING TIME STATION collectibles (click image to see larger version)
 
SHINING TIME STATION COOKIE JAR
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment (1994)
Shining Time Station Cookie Jar by Schmid (1994)
The roof comes off this colourful ceramic station to reveal the inscription There's just something special about ths place inside the cookie jar. The cookie jar measures @6" square and @8" tall.

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SHINING TIME STATION JUKEBOX MUSIC BOX
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 42050 (1994)
Jukebox Music Box by  Schmid (1994)
Listen to the Jukebox!
Though the kneeling man bears little resemblance to Schemer, this is definitely the Arcade's Jukebox. This collectable features a Sankyo keyed music box which plays the theme from Shining Time Station. As the music plays, the center drum rotates to reveal pictures of the Jukebox Puppet Band members. This piece measures 7.25" X 4.25" x 6.25" high.
 

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SHINING TIME STATION JUKEBOX BANK
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 94101 (1994)
Shining Time Station Jukebox Bank by Schmid (1994)
Start your own nickel collection just like Schemer and Tito with this ceramic bank! 

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TO ALL TRAINS 3" x 5" PICTURE FRAME
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 42051 (1994)
Small picture frame by Schmid (1994)
Ceramic standing picture frame which holds a 3.5 x 5" photograph. Measures 9.5" x 6.5" 

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TICKET STATION 4" x 6" PICTURE FRAME
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 42055 (1994)
Large picture frame by Schmid (1994)
Ceramic standing picture frame which holds a 4 x 6" photograph. Measures 8.25" x 6.75" 

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THOMAS & JAMES IN TUNNEL COOKIE JAR
Schmid for Britt Allcroft - Cat.# 42034 (1994)
Thomas & James Cookie Jar by Schmid (1994)
Britt Allcroft's company also licensed Schmid to create Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends character ceramic pieces - this one featuring Thomas & James for a Cookie Jar (front and rear view). The packaging was distinctively Thomas-themed, but included the banner as seen on Shining Time Station. This cookie jar measured 8.5" x 5" x 7.5" high.

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THOMAS ON THE LINE PICTURE FRAME
Schmid for Britt Allcroft - Cat.# 42036 (1994)
Thomas on the Line Picture Frame by Schmid (42036)
Thomas on the Line Pic Frame Schmid (42036) box
Box for the Schmid Thomas on the Line Picture Frame (42036). Note the as seen on Shining Time Station on the packaging.

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OTHER THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS CERAMICS
 
Below is an assortment of other Schmid Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends characters, with a few of them musical. The boxes also featured the "As seen on Shining Time Station" logo.

Schmid Thomas & Friends ceramic figurines
An assortment of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Schmid ceramic figurines
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Pictured above beginning top-left:
• Percy & The Dragon Bookends - PAIR (42045).
• Thomas And Bertie's Great Race  - MUSICAL (48753); plays Bertie's theme.
• Thomas With Engineer - MUSICAL (42014); plays the classic Thomas theme.
• Percy - A Cow On The Line - MUSICAL (42052); plays the classic Thomas theme.
• James With Sir Topham Hatt  - MUSICAL (42018); plays James' theme.
• Daisy Musical Figurine  (48488); plays “I’ve been working on the railroad”

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ERTL
To coincide with the show's debut in 1989, ERTL introduced North American consumers to their existing range of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends die-cast metal characters. The selection was identical to the UK releases, but the North American packaging prominently displayed the Shining Time Station logo.
ERTL Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (# 1000)
ERTL die-cast Thomas with Annie & Clarabel (Cat.# 1000)

The ERTL Shining Time Station line selling for $5 US and up was an instant success, with retail stores struggling to keep their shelves stocked. Parents were impressed with the high-quality, finely detailed and painted sturdy 1/16 scale die-cast metal replicas of the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends characters that North American children had quickly come to love.

As well as offering individual characters, ERTL later released boxed gift-sets of the characters.

ERTL James (Cat.# 1192)
ERTL James (Cat.# 1192)
ERTL 6-Pack Gift Set (1996)
ERTL 6-Pack Gift Set (1996)

By 1993, ERTL released themed playsets for their normal 1/16 diecast character range. ERTL took and improved portability one step further by also releasing a line of miniature scale character playsets under the Shining Time Station banner. The miniature playsets were designed as 4 corner blocks which allowed users to expand and interchange components with other playsets in the range. 

ERTL Railyard Playset
ERTL Railyard Carry-Along Playset (4062)
ERTL Miniature Playset: Thomas, Annie & Clarabel
ERTL Miniature Playset

ERTL Wellsworth Carry Along playset (4061)
ERTL Wellsworth Carry Along playset (4061) - click image to see larger version
photo courtesy D. Dobrydney


 
ERTL Miniature Adventure Playsets
Additional examples of the ERTL Miniature Adventure Playset line.
photo courtesy D. Dobrydney

Another innovation introduced to the ERTL line of Thomas characters sold under the Shining Time Station banner was the release of larger-scale die-cast models equipped with a "Pullback Motor". A coiled spring propelled the engine forward when it was rolled backwards and released. The Percy model below (left) measured @7" long by 3" tall.

ERTL Percy with Pullback Motor
ERTL Percy with Pullback Motor
photo courtesy R. Fenrich

ERTL Pull Back & Go
In 1993 ERTL equipped several of their normal-scale die-cast range models with the same mechanism promoted as "Pull Back & Go". Note that all the pullback models had greatly improved faces compared to their regular ERTL die-cast counterparts.

ERTL Pull Back Thomas (# 4481)
ERTL Thomas Pull Back (#4481)
ERTL Pull Back & Go Thomas the Tank Engine
Cat.# 4481 (1993)
photo courtesy R. Imparato

ERTL Pull Back Percy (# 4482)
ERTL Pull Back & Go Percy the Small Engine
Cat.# 4482 (1993)
photo courtesy R. Imparato
ERTL Pull Back Percy (# 4482)

ERTL Pull Back Bertie (# 4483)
ERTL Pull Back Bertie (# 4483)
ERTL Pull Back & Go Bertie the Bus
Cat.# 4483 (1993)
photo courtesy R. Imparato

ERTL Pull Back Toby (# 4484)
ERTL Pull Back & Go Toby the Tram Engine
Cat.# 4484 (1993)
photo courtesy R. Imparato
ERTL Pull Back Toby (# 4484)

Rear view of ERTL Pull Back & Go packaging

It should be noted that the Pull Back & Go range did not include character collector cards like the ERTL die-cast line did. The rear packaging listed the available Pull Back & Go as well as the regular die-cast characters.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

ERTL released this one-off Wind-Up Walking Figure of Sir Topham Hatt in 1991 with collector card #25 on the cover's back. The toy is approximately 4. 3/8” high and 2 1/4” wide.
 
Cat.# 722-7HFO (1991)
ERTL Wind-Up Walking  Figure

ERTL Gold Rail Series

Long before Thomas Take-Along arrived in the scene, ERTL introduced the Gold Rail series in 1993. The characters were fitted with magnetic couplings that swivelled outward to connect to other similarly equipped characters and rolling stock in the series.

The Gold Rail character models are sometimes confused with their Bandai TEC counterparts from Japan. A few comparitive examples of the ERTL Gold Rail and Bandai TEC models are pictured below. See if you can spot the differences!

ERTL Gold Line Ffarquhar playset and Bandai Thomas
Bandai Thomas (left) and ERTL Gold Rail Thomas Ffarquhar Playset (right)
click image to see larger view
photo courtesy D. Dobrydney
 
 
Bandai Thomas (L) and ERTL Gold Rail Thomas (R)
Bandai TEC Thomas (left) and ERTL Gold Rail Thomas (right)
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Bandai Thomas (L) and ERTL Gold Rail Thomas (R)
The only major difference between the brands was that the Bandai engines had side rods which were lacking on the Gold Rail versions.
 
Pictured left: Bandai TEC Thomas (L) and ERTL Gold Rail Thomas (R).
Photo courtesy R. Imparato

ERTL Gold Line Harold and Bandai version
ERTL Gold Rail Harold (left) and Bandai version - click image to see larger view
photo courtesy D. Dobrydney

The Shining Time Station logo was prominently displayed on all the Gold Rail line packaging. The logo found on the ERTL Gold Rail playset boxes was even larger.

ERTL Shining Time Station Logo

The entire line of the ERTL Gold Rail products is listed below. Click the images to view larger versions (all photos courtesy R. Imparato)...

ERTL Gold Rail Annie (# 4700)
Annie (# 4700)
ERTL Gold Rail Clarabel (# 4701)
Clarabel (# 4701)
ERTL Gold Rail Foolish Freight Car (# 4702)
Foolish Freight Car (# 4702)
ERTL Gold Rail Troublesome Truck (# 4703)
Troublesome Truck (# 4703)
ERTL Gold Rail Thomas (# 4704)
Thomas (# 4704)
ERTL Gold Rail Percy (# 4705)
Percy (# 4705)
ERTL Gold Rail Bill (# 4706)
Bill (# 4706)
ERTL Gold Rail Ben (# 4707)
Ben (#4707)
ERTL Gold Rail Toby (#4708)
Toby (# 4708)
ERTL Gold Rail Bertie (# 4709)
Bertie (# 4709)
Gold Rail Harold (# 4710)
Harold (# 4710)
ERTL Gold Rail James (#4711)
James (# 4711)
ERTL Gold Rail Edward (# 4712)
Edward (# 4712)
ERTL Gold Rail Gordon (# 4714)
Gordon (#4714)

Pictured below are the Playsets included in the ERTL Gold Rail series

Lower Suddery Playset (# 4715)
ERTL Gold Rail Lower Suddery Playset (# 4715) fr
Lower Suddery Playset packaging - front
ERTL Gold Rail Lower Suddery Playset (# 4715) rear
Lower Suddery Playset packaging - rear
Lower Suddery Playset (# 4715) contents
Lower Suddery Playset contents

Ffarquhar Playset (# 4716)
ERTL Gold Rail Ffarquhar Playset (# 4716) front
Ffarquhar  Playset packaging - front
ERTL Gold Rail Ffarquhar Playset (# 4716) rear
Ffarquhar Playset packaging - rear

Sodor Shipping Playset (# 4717)

ERTL Gold Rail Sodor Shipping Playset (# 4717) fr
Sodor Shipping  Playset - front
ERTL Gold Rail Sodor Shipping Playset (# 4717) bk
Sodor Shipping Playset - rear

Turntable Playset (# 4718)

ERTL Gold Rail Turntable Playset  (# 4718) front
Turntable  Playset - front
ERTL Gold Rail Turntable Playset  (# 4718) rear
Turntable Playset - rear

The ERTL Gold Rail series also included economical "Value Paks" of 2 to 3 characters. In addition to the one pictured below (#4721), Thomas with Annie and Clarabel, Bill and Ben, James and Edward, and Bertie and Harold. Although Henry (# 4713) was listed on the packaging's back plate (below right), the model was never produced.

Value Pak (# 4721): Percy, Foolish Freight Car, Troublesome Truck
ERTL Gold Rail Value Pak (#4721)
Front and rear package views of ERTL Gold Rail Value Pak (# 4721) 
Percy, Troublesome Truck, Foolish Freight Car

Value Pak (# 47??): James, Edward
ERTL Gold Rail Value Pak: James & Edward

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Thomas/Nylint Corporation

MINIATURE PLAYSETS

In 1992, Nylint Corporation launched a Thomas line of battery operated playset products. The small playsets were powered by a single AA battery. One example is pictured below. 
 
Nylint Miniature Thomas Playset (# 8846)
Nylint Thomas the Tank Engine Battery Operated Playset (8846) 
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Percy the Small Engine Battery Op. Playset
Nylint Percy the Small Engine Battery Operated Playset (8847) 
click image to see larger view
photo courtesy D. Dobrydney

Nylint Toby the Tram Engine Playset (# 8848)
Nylint Toby the Tram Engine Battery Operated Playset (8848) 
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Toby the Tram Engine Playset (# 8848)
Nylint Battery Operated Toby from the Playset (8848) 
photo courtesy R. Imparato

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MINIATURE PUSH-A-LONG
In 1992, Nylint released miniature models for their Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Push-A-Long series. A few examples are shown below courtesy of SiF's R. Imparato.

Nylint Miniature Thomas Push-A-Long set
Nylint Miniature Push A-Long Thomas, Annie & Clarabel  (Product #8856) released in 1992.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Miniature Thomas Push-A-Long set

The set included a miniature Push-A-Long Thomas (approx. 3 inches long), with his coaches Annie and Clarabel. A battery operated version was also produced.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Miniature Thomas Push-A-Long set write-up
Nylint Miniature Push A-Long character bio for "Thomas" on the packaging.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Miniature Percy Push-A-Long set
Nylint Miniature Push A-Long Percy with two Foolish Freight Cars(Product #8857) released in 1992.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Miniature Percy Push-A-Long set

This set was identical in size to the Thomas set except it includes Percy and two vans (Foolish Freight Cars).
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Miniature Percy Push-A-Long set
Nylint Miniature Push A-Long character bio for "Percy" on the packaging.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

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PULL-A-LONG

In 1992, Nylint also offered a number of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends characters in their Pull-A-Long Line. A few examples are featured below.

Nylint Pull-A-Long Percy the Small Engine package

Nylint Pull-A-Long Percy (1992)

Nylint's Percy the Small Engine Pull-A-Long (Product # 8881) released in 1992. A big, plastic Percy with a string attached to the front of the engine to pull him along. Percy's eyes moves back and forth as he moves, and he has a noise maker that produces a clicking sound as the wheels turn. Note the Shining Time Station logo on the packaging.
photos courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Pull-A-Long Harold (1992)
(Pictured above) Nylint's Harold the Helicopter Pull-A-Long (8882) released in 1992. A large plastic Harold with wheels and a pull string. His eyes move back and forth when you spin his propeller, and he has an opening door as shown in the photo below (right).
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Pull-A-Long Harold
Another view of Nylint's Harold, and the packaging featuring the "As seen on Shining Time Station" logo. 
photos courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Pull-A-Long Harold write-up
Harold's bio as written on the Nylint Packaging
photos courtesy R. Imparato

Nylint Thomas The Tank Engine Pull Along (1989)

Nylint Pull-A-Long Thomas showing bunker hatch

An early version of Nylint's Thomas the Tank Engine Pull-A-Long from 1989. This model makes clicking sounds when the wheels move. Thomas' cab and coal bunker have holes for shaped blocks that fit together like a puzzle. There is a hatch on the rear of the coal bunker (pictured left) to store/release the block pieces.
photos courtesy R. Imparato

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BUMP N' GO THOMAS

Nylint BUMP N' GO Thomas (1989)
Nylint's Bump N' Go Thomas from 1989. A small battery-operated toy featuring a noisemaker that clicks when turned on.
photos courtesy R. Imparato

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Battery Operated 9-pc. Deluxe Collector Case
(# ????) 1992
Nylint Battery op 9-pc. Deluxe collector case
Nylint's Battery operated 9-pc. Deluxe collector case. The set included a battery-operated Thomas, Percy and Toby, and free-wheeling Annie & Clarabel, two Foolish Freight Cars, a Troublesome Truck and Henrietta.
photos courtesy R. Imparato

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THQ (Toy Head-Quarters)
BATTERY OPERATED RAILWAY
THQ, also known as Toy Head-Quarters issued this rail set in 1993. Powered by 2 C batteries, the roughly O-gauge scale railway set featured Thomas, Annie and Clarabel running on a loop of plastic track. The As seen on Shining Time Station logo is displayed in the upper-right corner of the set's packaging. SiF member R. Imparato shares a few photos of his set below.

THQ's Thomas set (1993) box front
Box front for Thomas, Annie and Clarabel set (product # 12020) by THQ (1993). 
photo courtesy R. Imparato

THQ's Thomas, Annie & Clarabel set (1993)
Side view of THQ's Thomas, Annie and Clarabel set
photo courtesy R. Imparato

THQ's Thomas set (1993) box rear
Box rear for THQ's Thomas, Annie and Clarabel set 
photo courtesy R. Imparato

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BUMP 'N' SOUND THOMAS

THQ Bump 'N' Sound Thomas (1992)

THQ Bump 'N' Sound Thomas (1992)

THQ released this large plastic Thomas Bump’n’ Sound toy (roughly G-Scale) in 1992.
photos courtesy R. Imparato
 
Powered by 3 C batteries, Thomas has moving side rods and his eyes move in a circle when turned on. Thomas' cab roof had 4 coloured buttons on it that state the following when pushed: Yellow - “Thomas is the number one engine”. Red - “Hurry, Hurry, we mustn’t be late”.  Green - a train whistle is heard. Blue - “Hello, care for a race today?”

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PLAYTECH

Thomas the Tank Engine Remote Magical Engine
Playtech (Product # 7302) 1992

In 1992, Playtech released a Thomas the Tank Engine Remote Magical Engine. A roughly G scale plastic Thomas whose eyes move back and forth as he moves. He is activated by blowing a red whistle (seen in the photo below) to move forward or reverse. In reality, making any loud noise will activate him. Was Playtech trying to emulate Mr. Conductor’s whistle?
Playtech TTTE Remote Magical Engine (1992)
Playtech Thomas the Tank Engine Remote Magical Engine  (Product #7302) released in 1992.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Playtech Thomas line catalog
This item came with a catalogue of all Playtech’s other Thomas items. All rather obscure to older collectors.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

PlayTech Touch 'N Go Engine (# 4304)
Playtech Touch 'N Go Engine  (Product #7304) released in 1992 (as seen in catalogue above).
photo courtesy R. Imparato

PlayTech Thomas Fun Flashlight (#7309)
Playtech Thomas Flashlight (# 7309) released in 1992 (as seen in catalogue above).
photo courtesy R. Imparato
Playtech Thomas the Tank Engine Walkie-Talkies
Playtech Thomas the Tank Engine Walkie Talkies (# 7301) released in 1993

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Thomas Wooden Railway
by Learning Curve
Early Learning Curve releases of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Wooden Railway included the As seen on Shining Time Station logo as seen in the examples below.
Early Thomas Wooden Railway by Learning Curve
Examples of early Learning Curve Thomas Wooden Railway products with As Seen on Shining Time Station logo
photo courtesy D. Dobrydney

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Bend-Ems by JustToys
The following 8 poseable Bend-Ems line Shining Time Station characters were produced by JustToys in 1993.

Bend-Ems Schemer #12376
Schemer #12376
Bend-Ems Stacy Jones #12377
Stacy Jones #12377
Bend-Ems Mr. conductor #12380
Mr. Conductor #12380
Bend-Ems Tito #12422
Tito #12422
Bend-Ems Tex #12378
Tex #12378
Bend-Ems Rex  #12379
Rex #12379
Bend-Ems Grace #12423
Grace #12423
Bend-Ems Didi #12395
Didi 12395

The Bend-Ems line also included a boxed 5 piece Gift Set of the entire Juke Box Puppet Band, also released in 1993.
Bend-Ems box set of the Juke Box Puppet Band
Juke Box Puppet Band - 5 piece Gift Set #12400

And Just Toys also produced a station playset for the Bend-Ems characters in 1993. From the compact carrying case the playset unfolds into a generalized version of Shining Time Station. The set included a bench, ticket and information desk, and a compact arcade floor. A section of track and platform compliments the playset and also gives you an idea of what lay beyond the 'To All Trains' section. This second-hand set shown here included the Bend-Ems figures for Schemer and Stacy, but the original set included Mr. Conductor. The figures were wrapped in individual plastic bags, rather than the packaging seen with the retail versions

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Playset with (rare) cardboard paper wrapper labelled "Shining Time Station Carry Case" #15005 which included 3 Bend-Em figures. Photo Credit: "A.C."

Just Toys Shining Time Station playset  (1993)
Shining Time Station playset for Bend-Ems by Just Toys (1993) with cardboard paper wrapper removed
 
Station playset  front view
Front view of Shining Time Station playset
 
Shining Time Station playset by Just Toys (1993)
Shining Time Station playset (opened)

Shining Time playset - rear view
Rear track platform view of Shining Time Station playset
Just Toys Bend Ems Carrying Case
Detail of playset's original cardboard paper wrapper. The wrapper is in itself a rare sight as very few of these survived to this day. Photo Credit: "A.C."

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Thomas Little Tutor By VTECH
This interactive toy, Thomas the Tank Engine Little Tutor was released by VTECH Select in 1993 (#90-1693). It came with 25 two-sided activity cards which entertained toddlers with over 250 different interactive play sessions.

Thomas The Tank Engine Little Tutor (90-1693)
TTTE Little Tutor (front) 
by VTECH (#90-1693) 1993
(click image to see larger view)
photo courtesy L. Cantone
Thomas The Tank Engine Little Tutor (90-1693)
Thomas The Tank Engine Little Tutor 
interactive toy content
(click image to see larger view)
photo courtesy L. Cantone

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Lighted Wall Sculpture
by Headlites Collectibles
This Thomas the Tank Engine lighted wall sculpture was manufacture in 1992 by Headlites Collectibles, New York, New York.  
Thomas the Tank Engine Wall Sculpture by Nitelites
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Thomas the Tank Engine Lighted Wall Sculpture

The sculpture is of Thomas hauling a truck set against a background of steam or clouds. These numbered collectibles came with a certificate of authenticity, The sculpture was wall mounted and powered by two bulbs. Manufactured entirely in the U.S.A., Nitelines at the time also produced lighted wall scuptures of comic, cartoon and cinematic characters (e.g. Tweety Bird, Batman). Click the image on the right to see a larger version.

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Miscellaneous
An assortment of miscellaneous products affiliated with the Shining Time Station brand.
Thomas the Tank Engine Bedside Lamp
Thomas the Tank Engine Bedside Lamp by Happiness Express Inc. (1993).
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Thomas the Tank Engine Nite Lite (# 5207)
A Thomas the Tank Engine Nite Lite (# 5207) released in 1992 by Happiness Express Inc.
photo courtesy R. Imparato

Beside Light, Nite Light and Switchplate combo
Happiness Express also appears to have offered a combo pack consisting of a Thomas the Tank Engine Bedside Light, Nite Lite and Switchplate


Jukebox Puppet Band Nite Lite (1993)
Jukebox Puppet Band Nite Lite released in 1993 by an unknown company for Quality Family Entertainment

Thomas Battery Operated Toothbrush
Thomas the Tank Engine Battery Operated Toothbrush (1992 - company unknown). Includes a Wellsworth water tower toothbrush stand and a Thomas drinking cup.
Percy brooch by Yellow Plum (1992)
Percy hand enamelled brooch by Yellow Plum (1992).
Brooch measures 0.75" wide by 1" high.

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Prototype Toys

The following amazing products were designed and prototyped by SONOS Product Development for THQ (Toy Headquarters) in late 1992, but to our loss, never made it to retail. In addition to these Shining Time Station products, SONOS also designed several toys for the Thomas the Tank Engine range (some are found under the THQ brand on this page).
 
Shining Time Station Juke Box Band
This toy featured "records" with pins that were inserted into the toy to play a tune (song list wasn't documented). The band figures were all animated: Didi's arms moved to play the drums, Tito rocked back and forth as he played the piano, while Rex & Tex strummed the guitar. Images of the concept sketch and prototype are included below.

SONOS Juke Box toy concept sketch
SONOS' Juke Box Concept Sketch
Juke Box Band prototype toy designed by SONOS
SONOS' Juke Box toy prototype

Shining Time Station Band Rolly-Polly Music Ball
A musical ball that played chimes with the Shining Time Station Band perched on top of a record. Carl Tenbrink, President, has kindly provided us with the toy's concept sketch, with the note that the characters are standing on a 'record' surface.

SONOS Juke Box Band Musical Ball concept sketch
SONOS' Juke Box Band Musical Ball Concept Sketch
SONOS' Juke Box Band Musical Ball prototype
SONOS' Juke Box Band Musical Ball Prototype

Our thanks to Carl Tenbrink, President, SONOS Product Development for sharing insight about these products with us. Check out SONOS' website to learn about the vast range of products he and his imagination-rich crew have created. 

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