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Nearly every episode included a guest visiting Shining Time Station. Here we introduce you to the notable quirky characters who passed through this special whistle-stop!

BANJO-PLAYING PASSENGER
(Season 1.01: A Place Unlike Any Other)

Banjo Playing Passenger

The first passenger to ourchase a ticket at the reopened Shining Time Station turns out to be an energetic singing, banjo-playing, tap-dancing man who entertains Harry, Stacy and the kids with his talents.
 
The passenger was played by Richard Stillman, whose many talents are showcased on his website.
 
Castmember Memories...
Richard Stillman has the distinction of being the first guest on Shining Time Station. Richard entertains to this day and shares his memories of appearing in the first episode below (2015-Jan-20)...  

Richard Stillman
Richard Stillman

Thanks for getting in touch. I'm still playing the banjo, singing and tap dancing. I remember when I was performing my tap dance that Joe Raposo said to please keep the rhythm very even. I did and when I saw the show I realized he had gone back and composed music to my acapella tap dancing. Usually it's done the other way round. But then this was Joe Raposo who had his own way of doing things and an incredible talent. I also remember a light joyous feeling on the set and I think that was partly due to Didi's bubbly personality.
 
About 10 years after Shining Time Station, I was performing at a club on my banjo & guitar. A couple came up to me and thought I looked familiar. We chatted for awhile and it turned out they were the parents of the young actor who had played Matt on STS. I still make my living as an actor / musician / singer /  storyteller & tap dancer. My show, "The Spirit of Vaudeville" just won the Best Concert award at the United Solo Theater Festival in NYC.
 
All the best to everyone in the show,
 
Richard

CLOWN
(Season 1.02: Does it Bite?)

Clown

This silent clown juggles his way into the station to Stacy's amusement. He mimes to Stacy that he wants to buy a ticket to Dillylick. He later returns to entertain Stacy, Matt and Tanya much to Schemer's obvious discomfort!
 
The clown was played by Michael Bongar.

ONE MAN BAND
(Season 1.03: And the Band Played Off)

One Man Band

The One Man Band started off in the episode as a passenger seeking a one-way ticket to Mount Careful. After sorting out a scheduling mix-up, the passenger reveals that he's the only participant at the One Man Band Convention being hosted in Mount Careful. He then entertains Stacy and the kids with his one-man band rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
 
The One Man Band Passenger was played by Russel Brown.

SCUBA WOMAN
(Season 1.04: Pitching In and Helping Out)

Scuba Woman

A woman dressed in a wet suit, scuba-diving gear and carrying a goldfish bowl arrives at the station to ask when the next train to Lucky Lake is acheduled to depart.
 
Jerry the Juggler was played by Shining Time Station Assistant Stage Manager Annette Holloway.

ALAN THE VENTRILOQUIST
(Season 1.05: Show and Yell)

Alan the Ventriloquist (and friends!)

Al the ventriloquist comes into the station to catch a train, however he needs to wait a little longer because it is running behind. He entertains Matt and Tanya with his ventriloquist dummies, and leaves them to the kids' care as he goes off to run a few errands while waiting for his train to arrive.
 
Alan Semok portrayed himself in this episode. Alan is part of the Flexitoons Jukebox Puppet Band team and one of the voices for Grace Bass.

BALLOON MAN
(Season 1.07: Agree to Disagree)

Balloon Man (Allyn Gooen)

The Balloon Man first appears in the town of Shining Time as an entertainer at one of Tanya's friend's birthday party. His talent consists of being able to improvise and make just about anything from balloons, from clothes, hats, noses, earrings and games. When the Balloon man visits Shining Time Station, he demonstrates his talents to Stacy and the kids.
 
The Balloon Man was played by live-event entertainer Allyn Gooen.

ED THE STILT MAN
(Season 1.08: Whistle While You Work)

Ed the Stilt Man

The seemingly tall Ed the "Stilt Man" was hired by Schemer to put up posters in the station that were high out of reach for anyone else. Ed, however appreciates the folk mural and the refuses to cover up the history it represents.
 
Ed was played by Clinton Smith.

NATHANIEL "NAT" KAZ 
(Season 1.11: Ring in the Old)

Nathalniel Kaz

Nathaniel "Nat" Kaz is Harry Cupper's old friend who pays a visit for a short stay at Shining Time Station. He is a talented sculptor who demonstrates his craft to everyone when Harry presents a large block of clay to him as a gift. 
 
Renown New York sculptor and artist Nathaniel Kaz guest-starred as himself in this episode. Nat passed away on December 13, 2010 at the age of 93.
 
Castmember Memories...
When contacted in late December, 2012. Mr. Kaz's wife Delfina shares the story of how Nat guest-starred in this episode (with our many thanks).

Yes,! my husband Nathaniel Kaz/sculptor did play "Nat" on Shining Time Station. He chose not to learn a script, instead to ad lib and he created two sculptures during the episode. What a successful series it was. Leonard Jackson was wonderful.
 
The story is this: Nat often went to a neighborhood photo shop on West 72nd St. between Columbus and Broadway called "Snapshot". Nat's magnetic personality must have clinched the deal with someone present who was a representative of "Shining Time Station." He greatly enjoyed the idea, however he went to the taping without having done preparation - he preferred to ad lib. And that's what he did. I do have a photo of him on the set which someone took - he has a big "toothy smile, " - He's hamming it up.
 
Another thing, a couple of times while Nat was walking around the neighborhood to and from his sculpture studio on W. 73rd Street, children spotted him and they exclaimed "There's Uncle Nat!" I also asked for a VHS of the program so that episode, or at least part of it I have on VHS. Hope this is helpful.
 
Sincerely, Delfina Nahrgang Kaz

PASSENGER (Well Manicured)
(Season 1.11: Ring in the Old)

Well Manicured Passenger

A well-manicured passenger pays a visit to Schemer's arcade and is aghast to discover that he's planning to get rid of the machines in order to replace them with modern electronic versions. He convinces Schemer that these antique machines are special and add character to his arcade, and is the promary reason why he visits the station. At the end of the episode, the man plays a game of football (soccer) on the arcade machine with Schemer, Matt and Tanya. 
 
The well-manicured passenger was played by Gordon Gould, best known for his audiobook narrations.

Tom Callinan
(Season 1.12: Impractical Jokes)

Tom Callinan

Musician Tom Callinan, an old friend of Harry's visits the station during his stopover to catch the next train. When there's a delay in the train's arrival, Tom decides to entertain the gang as he waits for his train to arrive. During that time Tom also teaches the kids how to play the spoons.
 
Renown folk musician Tom Callinan portrayed himself in this episode. Tom's official website can be found here.
 
Castmember Memories...
Tom Callinan was kind enough to share his recollections of appearing on Shining Time time Station. Though the years have passed since that appearance, Tom still maintains his connections with Thomas! :) (2015-Jan-19) 

My guest-appearance on "Shining Time Station" was a direct result of many years of performing in the public schools of Nassau County (Long Island), NY.  The head of the Board Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Arts-In-Education programs, Dr. Mary Jane Bolin, later went on to direct the Performing Artists In Schools (PAIS) Program at Columbia University, and I was one of the "pros" she asked to come in to present some lecture/demo informances to the aspiring PAIS students.
 
Among the students was Tom Singer, who worked for Channel 13, the Public Broadcasting affiliate in NYC, and he liked what I did - especially the spoons.  He called me up to audition for "STS", and I remember being very nervous during the show-and-tell interview.  Having seen me perform on several prior occasions, he interrupted me, and encouraged me to relax.  I guess I was successful at taking his suggestion, because I got the gig.  I was pleasantly surprised!
 
At the shoot, the staff and cast couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating.  Didi Conn ("Stacy Jones") was exceptionally welcoming.  She looked so familiar, I remember asking, "Have we met before?"  It wasn't until quite some time afterward that I realized she had played one of the "Pink Ladies" in "Grease"
 
Ringo Starr was on tour somewhere, so I didn't get to meet him, but when the two children "Matt" and "Tanya" were reciting their lines, looking at a statuette of a clown that resembled Emmett Kelly, I thought to myself, "I don't think this show is going to make it."  It was only after seeing the episode, with "Mr. Conductor" (Ringo) shrunken down to occupy the space of the clown statuette that I realized the director was just using that prop as a surrogate for Ringo, in miniature.
 
My appearance on "STS" led to 9 years of "live" performances as part of the family extravaganzas known as the "Day Out With Thomas" in CT, NY, and ME.  To date I have written Thomas And Friends-related lyrics to over a dozen songs (adapted to familiar melodies), and I have developed a program called "Loco-Motives".

Tom Callinan
Connecticut's 1st Official State Troubadour (1991)
Co-owner, Crackerbarrel Entertainments

Tom Callinan and Thomas
Tom Callinan and Thomas!
Tom with Sir Topham Hatt,  DOWT Boothbay ME (2013)
Tom jammin' with Sir Topham Hatt, DOWT Boothbay ME (2013)

AMANI
(Season 1.13: Finders Keepers)

Amani A.W. Murray

Amani is a passenger who has misplaced his suitcase on the station platform. Unbeknownst to him, it is stored but hidden in Shining Time Station's Lost and Found section near the Arcade. The case's content has sentimental value to him as it contains a saxaphone given to him by his father. Thanks to Matt and Tanya's conscience, Amani is reunited with his instrument, and plays a selection for our friends out of gratitude.
 
Saxophone player Amani A.W. Murray guest-starred as himself in this episode.

INSPECTOR FLANAGAN
(Season 1.14: Just Wild About Harry's Workshop)

Inspector Flanagan

P.C. Flanagan is the Chief Holdings Inspector for the Indian Valley Railroad. He arrived incognito at Shining Time Station during the time Schemer was seeking a permit to take over Harry' Cuppers workshop and turn it into a fast-food café. Inspector Flanagan kept his distance and observed as the drama played out, and in the end had the authority to cancel Schemer's plans with apologies to Harry.
 
Inspector Flanagan was played by the late William Duell.

TONY THE MOVER
(Season 1.15: Promises, Promises)

Tony the Mover

Tony the mover is the owner of a few arcade machines (coin-operated horse, elephant and pinball machine). He enters into a partnership with Schemer to exhibit his machines in the now-expanded arcade (station floor). The muscular Tony senses that Schemer is trying to take advantage of him and his machines, so decides to pull out of the deal to instead feature his property at the new shopping mall where there is more traffic. 
 
Tony was played by Robert Hill.

PEPÉ
(Season 1.18: Mapping it Out)

Juan "Pepé" Santana

Juan is a newcomer to Indian Valley who arrives at Shining Time Station seeking directions to Farmers Dell. It's revealed that he's from Amabato, a city in Ecuador high up in the Andes mountains. He entertains our Shining Time Station friends with a South American performance by playing pan pipes and the drum.
 
Folk Musician Juan "Pepé" Santana* portrayed himself in this episode. His first name is mistakenly credited as "Julian".

WENDY
(Season 1.19: Things that Go Ga-Hooga in the Night)

Wendy Brackman

Wendy pays a visit to Shining Time Station to see her old friend Stacy Jones. Wendy has a talent for being able to make any type of object out of paper, which is also revealed in her wardrobe. Her forté is for making paper hats, but she likes making exotic-looking paper masks. In the episode, she demonstrates her talents by showing Matt and Tanya by making masks for them. 
 
Special-events entertainer Wendy Brackman guest-starred as herself in this episode.

JERRY THE JUGGLER
(Season 1.20: Is this the End?)

Jerry the Juggler

Jerry the Juggler is a performer with the travelling circus train which makes a special stop at Shining Time Station every year. Jerry is world famous and Schemer and J.B. King are counted as a few of his many fans.
 
Jerry the Juggler was played by Gabriel Barré.

KEVIN KNOWLES (AMAZO)
(Season 2.03: The Magic is Believing)

Kevin Knowles (Amazo)

Kevin Knowles is an old friend of Billy Twofeathers who drops in to Shining Time Station one day on his journey home. He is known by his alter ego, Amazo the Magician, but had lost confidence in himself until Billy and the kids help him regain it.
 
Amazo was played by Keith Knight.

CUSTOMER (POSH)
(Season 2.05: Sweet and Sour)

Posh Customer (Gina Wilkinson)

A posh passenger is very impressed by the cookies and lemonade in the station by Dan, Kara and Becky''s lemonade stand. Her reaction is the opposite when she returns later after Schemee and Schemer become the kids' partners.
 
The customer was played by Gina Wilkinson.

REPAIRMAN
(Season 2.18: Do I Hear?)

Reairman (George Thomas)

When a slug causes the jukebox band to go on strike, Schemer calls "King Repair" to make a housecall. The repairman bears a striking resemblance to someone familiar, and his mannerisms only add to the mystique. Upon examining the rear of the jukebox, the repairman becomes the first human at Shining Time Station to see the Jukebox Puppet Band in person, though he promises them that he won't tell a soul. The repairman mysteriously reappears during Schemer's auction to help the kids out when they ran short of bidding money. When Schemer confesses to not having enough money to pay fpr the jukebox repairs, the repairman accepts Schemer's pair of blue suede shoes in lieu of payment.
 
The Repairman was played by Elvis Presley Imitator, George Thomas.

ONE MAN BAND
(Season 2.20: All's Fair, 3.13: Mr. Conductor's Fourth of July)

"Washboard" Hank Fisher

The One Man Band's first appearance in this episode is when he marches uninterrupted from the station's front entrance out to the station platform. He later returns to lead our Shining Time Station friends onto the train bound for the fair accompanied with the merry tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In". The performer returns to march through the station again in Season 3's Mr. Conductor's Fourth of July
 
The One Man Band was played by entertainer Hank "Washboard" Fisher.

Castmember Memories...
"Washboard" Hank Fisher had this to share when we asked him what he remembers of this episode (with our many thanks).
 
 

I guess the best thing I remember is getting to hang out backstage with George Carlin and Tom Jackson. How I got hired is likely through my appearances on Mr. Dressup, Sharon, Lois and Bram etc.

Washboard Hank

BUSTER
(Season 3.03: Bully for Mr. Conductor, Schemer Presents)

Buster

Buster is the nephew of J.B. King. When Buster arrived at Shining Time Station to visit his uncle, it became quickly apparent to Dan, Becky and Mr. Conductor that Buster was a bully. Dan finally put Buster in his place in when Mr. Conductor was being threatened, and the bully was later given a firm talking to by his uncle.
 
Buster later paid a visit to Schemer's house where he and Schemee learned to how to share and become good friends.
 
Buster was played by Ira Glasner.

RUSTY "ROB" McRAIL
(Season 3.04: Stacy Cleans Up)

Rusty Rob McRail

Rusty "Rob" McRail is the Chief Engineer of the R&O Freight Line, a friendly but straight-talking man dressed in tartan coveralls, complete with a matching Scottish brogue. Rusty's garbage train becomes stranded at Shining Time Station after all of the Indian Valley garbage landfills closed because they no longer had capacity to take on any additional waste. Thanks to Becky and everyone's efforts, Rusty's train has been repurposed to haul recyclables to new processing depots in the Indian Valley.
 
Rusty McRail was played by English-Canadian actor Michael Polley.

"ROBBY" THE ROBOT
(Season 3.05: Schemer's Robot)

"Robby" the Robot

Schemer brings in a mail-order robot to perform all of his menial duties cleaning up the arcade. Schemer christens the mechanical man "Robby", but finds out that this model is not programmed efficiently to follow his orders to clean up the arcade. After seeing the robot fall in love with the jukebox, Schemer only wants to get rid of Robby. A chance arrival by Barton Winslow reveals that the robot is better suited for supermarket work. Barton gladly takes Robby off of Schemer's hands to become his new General Store shop assistant.
 
Robby the Robot was portrayed by Michael Lamport.

DORIS "HELGA" BOONSWADDLE
(Season 3.12: Bad Luck Day at Shining Time Station)

Doris "Helga" Boonswaddle

Doris Boonswaddle hails from Pelican Falls and as "Madam Helga Boonswddle" is the Official Medium of the Flowering Cactus Ladies Auxiliary. Midge Smoot summons her to Shining Time Station on Friday the 13th to ward off the spirits that are giving everyone bad luck. With a little help from Mr. Conductor, Helga and the gang discover who was really behind the mystery!
 
Doris Boonswaddle was played by Jayne Eastwood.

PASSENGER
(Season 3.14: Stacy Forgets Her Name)

Passenger played by Simon Sinn

In this episode, a passenger carrying a suitcase asks Stacy if the Rainbow Sun will be arriving soon.
 
The passenger was played by Simon Sinn.

MR. HOBART HUME III
(Season 3.15: Schemer's Special Club)

Mr. Hobart Hume III

Hobart Hume III is the bigoted, ignorant and narrow-minded president of the "Nickelaire Club", an exclusive organization that Schemer was at one time desperate to be part of. He is also the owner of the Snarlyville Toxic Chemical Company. The posh Mr. Hume considers himself and the members of the club (which his grandfather founded) to be superior over anyone else they consider to be unworthy of membership. Because of his unchanging prejudices, Stacy advised him that his presence at Shining Time Station, other than for railroad business, was not welcome.
 
Hobart Hume III was played by Colin Fox.

BARRY PRINCE
(Season 3.16: Mr. Conductor's Movie)

Barry Prince

Barry Prince is a producer/director friend of J.B. King who orginally visits Shining Time Station out of interest to film a movie. Barry quickly becomes disillusioned with the locale when the residents go out of their way to impress him for a part in his production. He reveals that he intended to film a doumentary about railroads, and will instead film it in Eggywegg.
 
Barry Prince was played by Sam Malkin.

RINGMASTER
(Season 3.19: Mysterious Stranger)

The Circus Train Ringmaster

The Ringmaster is in charge of the circus train that makes an annual stop at Shining Time Station (It may be the same circus train that stops at the station in Season 1: Is this this End?). On this visit, he accidentally leaves something behind that becomes a growing concern to our station friends.
 
The Ringmaster was played by Chas Lawther.

"SLUGGER" COBB
(Season 3.21: Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out)

Slugger Cobb

"Slugger" Cobb is a professional league baseball player who visits Shining Time to make a guest appearance at a baseball card collector show. He drops into the station to ask for directions to the convention hall, only to remain unacknowledged by Dan, one of his biggest fans.
   
"Slugger" Cobb was played by actor Maurice Dean Witt.

MEL
(Season 3.21: Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out)

Mel

Mel is Barton Winslow's shop assistant. He helps Barton with home deliveries.
   
The actor who cameo'd as Mel was uncredited.

MR. RICHHOUSE
(Season 3.23: The Mayor Runs for Re-election)

Mr. Richhouse

Mr. Richhouse is a career politician who arrives in Shining Time as Mayor Flopdinger's opponent during the mayoral election campaign. Mr. Richhouse answers any campaign issue questions posed to him in a vague and cryptic manner. After losing the election, Mr. Richhouse left Shining Time to participate in another town's election. Despite his shortcomings, Mr. Richhouse strongly believes in the importance of elected public officials being true to their convictions and stresses that once in office, they should strive to help all their constituents - even those who did not vote for them.
   
Mr. Richhouse was played by former American President Richard Nixon impersonator Richard Dixon.

GRACIE JONES
(Season 3.25: How the Station Got its Name)

Gracie Jones

Gracie Jones is Stacy Jones' grandmother (granny). She was Shining Time Station's first stationmaster and was also instrumental for deciding the station's name. Becky and Kara meet the younger Gracie when they visited the past with Mr. Conductor's magic gold dust. 
 
Gracie was played by Didi Conn.

WILLIAM TWOFEATHERS
(Season 3.25: How the Station Got its Name)

William Twofeathers

William Twofeathers is Billy Twofeather's grandfather, who was hired as a carpenter by the Indan Valley Railroad to build the new Shining Time Station's workshop. Like his descendant Billy, William's manner is direct, but comes across a little nit more gruffier.
 
William Twofeathers was played by Tom Jackson.

JEBEDIAH SCHEMER
(Season 3.25: How the Station Got its Name)

Jebediah Schemer

Jebediah Schemer is Horace Schemer's grandfather who turns up at the newly-constructed Shining Time Station. A snake-oil salesman professing to own an invention to cure all ailments, Jebediah subjects himself to his own electrical apparatus which results in the new trademark hair curl seared into the Schemer DNA!
 
Jebediah Schemer was played by Brian O'Connor.

B.J. KING
(Season 3.25: How the Station Got its Name)

B.J. King

B.J. King is an engineer on the Indian Valley Railroad whose train is saved from certain disaster when Stationmaster Gracie Jones has him stop in time from colliding into Jebediah's wagon with the aid of a lantern (which inspires the new yet-unnamed station's name!)
 
B.J. King was played by Mart Hulswit.

EMMETT
Old and Young
(Season 3.25: How the Station Got its Name)
young and old versions of Emmett
We're first introduced to the elder Emmett who one day shows up at present-day Shining Time Station to inspect the mural. The mysterious Emmett is attired in period clothes which gives Kara and Becky the impression that he's ancient. Mr. Conductor whisks the girls back in time to when the newly-built station was having its mural painted by who we later find out is the younger version of Emmett.
 
Considering that the station was constructed circa 1885, this would make the mysterious elder Emmett well over the age of one hundred years old! 
 
The elder Emmett was played by Larry Reynolds, while his younger self was played by Colin O'Meara.

HONORABLE MENTION
Marium Carvell
Cameos by actress Marium Carvell
Actress Marium Carvell earns the distinction of making several speaking-role appearances on Shining Time Station. Poor Marium gets 'barked' at by Stacy in Achoo (2.06), bids on one of Schemer's used suit tops in Do I Hear (2.18), and has her suitcase's contents spill out onto the station floor in Stacy Says No (3.24).

Castmember Memories...
Marium shared the following with us with our thanks and best regards... (2015-01-13)

Hello! I remember being on Shining Time Station as a fond memory of working with generous actors who were kind and funny. I was doing a lot of comedy at the time and working with a sketch comedy group that produced two great comedy writers. My boyfriend at the time couldn't believe I was working on a show that one of the Beatles was working on!
 
Marium Carvell

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