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Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990)

It's Christmas at Shining Time Station. Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor ... See full summary »


Gregory Lehane, Frank Vitale (uncredited)


Britt Allcroft (created by), Rick Siggelkow (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ringo Starr ... Mr. Conductor
Didi Conn ... Stacy Jones
Nicolle Rochelle Nicolle Rochelle ... Tanya (as Nicole Leach)
Rachel Miner ... Vickie
Brian Edward O'Connor Brian Edward O'Connor ... Schemer (as Brian O'Connor)
Jason Woliner ... Matt
Lloyd Bridges ... Mr. Nicholas
Jonathan Freeman ... Tito Swing
Olga Felgemacher Olga Felgemacher ... Didi (as Olga Felgemacher Marin)
Alan Semok Alan Semok ... Tex Boy
Craig Marin Craig Marin ... Rex Boy
Vanéese Y. Thomas Vanéese Y. Thomas ... Grace the Bass
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess ... Tucker Cooper
Jerome Dempsey ... Mayor of East Shemp
Mart Hulswit Mart Hulswit ... J.B. King Esquire


It's Christmas at Shining Time Station. Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor tells the kids a story about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and helps them deal with a bratty kid, while a kind old passenger, Mr. Nicholas, arrives and brightens the holiday for everybody. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy







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December 1990 (USA) See more »

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Tucker says the pine tree was delivered on the Rainbow Sun, the train that is mentioned in theme song of Shining Time Station (1989). See more »


When Vickie picks up Mr. Conductor, it is clear that he is replaced with a doll. See more »


Vickie: Mr. Nicholas, are some people really all alone on Christmas?
Mr. Nicholas: Yes, Vickie. I'm afraid so.
Vickie: Do they all get presents?
Mr. Nicholas: Well, that depends on what you mean by presents. You see, not all presents come wrapped in pretty paper with a ribbon or bow. A present can just be a smile, or a kind word to someone who's feeling sad or poor, or maybe a picture you've drawn.
Vickie: But they don't cost any money.
Mr. Nicholas: Presents don't have to cost money.
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It's Christmas Time at the Railway Station
Music and lyrics by Stephen Horelick (as Steve Horelick)
Sung by Rory Dodd
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A rare treat, one of the best Christmas specials I've seen
28 August 2008 | by kyle-cruseSee all my reviews

I have enjoyed watching "'Tis a Gift" every Christmas for about the past ten years and every time I am still touched, amazed, and entertained by this film. Not only does it feature the usual stars like Stacy Jones, Schemer, and Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor but we also get a great role from Lloyd Bridges, guest-starring as Mr. Nicholas, a mysterious man who ends up touching a little girl's life, teaching her the true meaning of Christmas and giving. The discussions and interactions between those two are what makes the film as great as it is. Schemer trying to win over the votes of everyone in the station to elect him as Santa's helper is what gives the film a very funny side as well. The entire cast singing "'Tis a Gift" (the folk song after which the film is titled) is the true highlight of this one hour special. This is a rare film not to be missed. Find it, watch it, and continue to enjoy seeing it year after year.

***1/2 out of ****

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