YMMV / Shining Time Station

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Two for Stacy in the last episode:
    • 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!"
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • The ending to the Christmas Episode "'Tis a Gift." Full stop.
    • J.B. King got quite a few since his first appearance, in which he started out a cold businessman but warmed up when he realized that Mr. Conductor, a figure from his childhood, lived at Shining Time.
    • The theme song, which was Joe Raposo's last work before he passed away in February of 1989 (only a week after the show premiered). Also, the various performances by the Jukebox Band.
    • Some of the Picture Machine/Anything Tunnel/Magic Bubbles songs can also have this effect, with particular mention to Thanksgiving and Old But Wise.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Pretty much anything the Jukebox Band performs.
    • Many of the songs from the Anything Tunnel, The Magic Bubble and the Picture Machine count as this too.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Everyone loves Schemer.
  • Growing the Beard: Around the second season when the main cast was revamped and the recurring cast expanded.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Haim Saban (yes, THAT Haim Saban) was both a friend of Allcroft's and a fan of the show, and was able to keep the series alive for another year by helping her get it rerun on what was then the Fox Family Channel. The hilarious part comes from when people started comparing Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger to STS (although given that Saban decided to forgo adapting ToQger into a season of Power Rangers, this could also be Harsher in Hindsight).
  • Memetic Mutation: Three words: Mr. Conductor's Double.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A mild example in the scene where Becky, Kara and Dan's eyes spin around in their heads in "Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out".
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor, and then George Carlin... for some reason.
    • 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.
    • Mr. Typo is David Hewlett, who played Dr. McKay on Stargate Atlantis.
    • Original music director and theme song composer Joe Raposo also composed the themes for Sesame Street, The Electric Company (1971), Three's Company, The Ropers and Madeline, while his successor, Steve Horelick, also did similar work on Reading Rainbow and The Puzzle Place.
    • 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.
    • Kara was played by Erica Luttrell, who later became the voice of Keesha on The Magic School Bus and Sapphire on Steven Universe.
    • 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  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).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • A lot of "Is This the End?".
    • In universe, Schemer finds the song Danny Boy to have this effect.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Chroma Key effects for Mr. Conductor. Very convincing.
  • 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...
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