Shining Time Station

Shining Time Station

Shining Time Station is an American children's television series jointly created by British television producer Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. The series was produced by The Britt Allcroft Company (now Gullane Entertainment, a subsidiary of HiT Entertainment) and Quality Family Entertainment in New York City for New York City's PBS station WNET, and was originally taped in New York City during its first season and in Toronto during the rest of its run. It incorporated sequences from the British television show Thomas & Friends, which was in turn based on a series of books that had been written by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry. The series aired on PBS from January 29, 1989 until June 11, 1993, and then continued on the network in reruns until June 11, 1998. It aired on Fox Family from 1998 to 1999. It also aired on Nick Jr. in 2000 and on Canadian television networks such as APTN and SCN. Elements from the show were incorporated into the Thomas and Friends film Thomas and the Magic Railroad.


Stacy Jones:
Uh, [clears throat] sir - Mr. Hume... I think I *will* tell you a story.

Hobart Hume:
Ah, wonderful.

Stacy Jones:
Yes, it's about a station-manager, and a club. Once upon a time, there was a person who ran a train-station on the Indian Valley Railroad.

Hobart Hume:
What a coincidence.

Stacy Jones:
Yes. And this station was one of the most important places in town, and everybody knew and loved this station-manager. Well, there can't be all work and no play, so this person decided to join the local business-and-social club. However, the members of this club would not let this station-manager join. And why? Because this person was a woman. And the name of the club was the Nickelaire Club, Mr. Hume. And that person was my grandmother, Gracie Jones.

Hobart Hume:
A heartbreaking story, but I'm afraid that was before my time.

Stacy Jones:
Well, have it might have been before *your* time, Mr. Hobart Hume III, but you are exactly like your grandfather Hobart Hume I, the founder and the president of the Nickelaire Club. You walk into this busy train-station and you expect everybody to just stop what they're doing and entertain you? Well, that's insensitive and insulting. And you know what the sad thing is, Mr. Hume? You don't have to be this way. You weren't born prejudiced; it's something that you learned from someone like your grandfather. And I feel sorry for you because of all the wonderful people you'll never get to know because you think that you're superior to everyone else. Well, you're welcome to use this train-station if you have a train to catch, Mr. Hume. But I would like you to conduct your business for your club elsewhere.

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