This was one of my favourite shows as a kid. My brother and I loved Thomas the Tank Engine and this was the best way to get our fix… Unless you wanted to learn to read and nuts to that. My favourite parts of the show were the ones that featured a tiny man named Mr. Conductor who lived in a signal house in a mural on the wall in Shining Time Station. He was the best part cause it meant it was time to hear a Thomas the Tank Engine story. Mr. Conductor was played by two different actors over the years – the first being Ringo Starr and the second being George Carlin.
Looking back on the show, I think it could have been a little more entertaining for the whole family had they let George Carlin (as Mr. Conductor) just do his act.
Stacy: “Hey Mr. Conductor, do you have a Thomas story for us?”
Mr Conductor: “Have you ever noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff?”
Also Ringo Starr was a Beatle…so there was that too. You figure the theme song could have been a little better…