The two jewel thieves enter the station and accost Schemer, claiming to be undercover cops. Stacy enters the scene, and when the crooks won't show any ID, she wards them off with a baseball bat.
In one of the last scenes, Stacy and Mr. King take a switcher out of the yard to head off the thieves, who stole Ginny's truck and were chasing Schemer down the road.
Schemer himself gets one in the episode where he's trying to join a club run by the bigoted Mr Hume. Stacy, Billy and the kids can tell Mr Hume is a jerk who looks down on people, but Schemer is too determined to join to notice. Towards the end, though, he tries to set it up so his friends can join as well, but Mr Hume begins to list all the superficial "flaws" they have, and Schemer slowly realizes what a kind of club he's really joining. And then, when he is told he'll have to cut off his curl to be "one of them", he finally gets angry with Mr Hume, tricks him into eating some very sticky toffee, and promptly tells him if his club "isn't good enough for my friends, then it isn't good enough for me!"
Growing the Beard: Around the second season when the main cast was revamped and the recurring cast expanded.
Harsher in Hindsight: "Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out" has the kids learn firsthand not to watch too much television, especially not programming that exists solely to sell toys. Today, it seems like Thomas the Tank Engine gets most of its revenue from Merchandise-Driven cartoons, and the railway sets Thomas' stories have spun off.
Stacy was played by Didi Conn aka Frenchie (the Beauty School Dropout girl) from Grease and its sequel Grease 2. Amusingly, Aurelio Padron, who had a recurring role as bus driver Felix Perez, also appeared in Grease 2 as a boy greaser.
The actor who played Harry, Leonard Jackson, previously was the first actor to play Mr. Handford on Sesame Street.
Barton Winslow is Gerard Parkes, who played Doc on Fraggle Rock.
Jonathan Freeman (Tito) tried to steal Aladdin's magic lamp. Just compare their singing voices. He also sang a cut song for Mumfie's Quest entitled I Must Have My Night. Ironically, both Mumfie's Quest and Shining Time Station were made by Britt Allcroft.
Tex was originally voiced by Wayne White, who also voiced Randy, Dirty Dog, and Mr. Kite on Pee-Wee's Playhouse.
Start Where You Are note One of the music videos that's played in the picture box. is sung by Lonny Price, who is best known for playing Neil Kellerman in Dirty Dancing and Ronnie Crawford in The Muppets Take Manhattan. Amusingly, Jane Brucker, whom also co-starred in Dirty Dancing as Lisa Houseman, was formerly married to Brian O'Connor (Schemer).
WTH, Casting Agency?: Ringo Starr (the first Mr. Conductor) was an odd choice for the role, although the reasoning was sound — he had already provided the narration for the Thomas shorts (that were made up to that point). But then they brought in George Carlin (yes, the same guy known for the Seven Dirty Words bit) to replace him...