The ERTL Company was a toy company which produced and released Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends toys from 1985 to 2004. Between 1993 and 1996 in the US, they were packaged and released for the Shining Time Station brand. The most popular range was a 1/64th scale die-cast models of the characters.
From 1985 to 1992, the releases of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise ranges produced by ERTL had various packaging styles; often differing across the period, and between the different ranges. In 1993 all continuing ranges in the US had their packaging styles streamlined, with the packaging adopting a Shining Time Station theme. This including a countryside background, and the bluebird and butterfly logo. The reverse side often featured a numbered collector card of the character. The Shining Time Station themed packaging card was discontinued when the television series ended in 1996, and the international packaging themes were adopted for future releases.
1/64th Scale Die-cast Range
The table below lists the released models, their first year of release, and the number of their collectors card. The table can be sorted by any of these three catagories
|Model||Original Release Year||Collector Card number||Notes|
|Thomas the Tank Engine||1984||1|
|Henry the Green Engine||1984||3|
|James the Red Engine||1984||5|
|Toby the Tram Engine||1985||7|
|Percy the Small Engine||1985||6|
|Bertie the Bus||1985||13|
|Annie and Clarabel (with Thomas)||1985||11||Only in a three pack with either Thomas or Percy and with a unique Collector Card number|
|Annie and Clarabel (with Percy)||1985||12||Only in a three pack with either Thomas or Percy, and with a unique Collector Card number|
|Edward the Blue Engine||1988||2|
|Gordon the Big Express Engine||1988||4|
|Duck the GWR Pannier Tank Engine||1990||8|
|Sir Topham Hatt and The Engineer||1990||20|
|Bill||1991||15||Also in a twin pack|
|Ben||1991||14||Also in a twin pack|
|Trevor the Traction Engine||1991||21|
|Donald||1992||9||Also in a twin pack|
|Douglas||1992||10||Also in a twin pack|
|Terence the Tractor||1992||19|
|Milk & Tar Wagons||1992||27|
|Oliver the GWR Engine||1993||32|
|The Famous Visitor - "City of Truro"||1993||34||Marked as a Special Edition Engine|
|Bulgy the Bus||1993||33|
|Sodor Mail Coaches||1995||43|
|Godred||1995||39||Marked as a Special Edition Engine|
|Culdee||1995||40||Marked as a Special Edition Engine|
|Sir Topham Hatt's Car||1996||49|
|Thomas (with Annie & Clarabel)||1984||23||Packaged together with Annie & Clarabel with a unique Collector Card number|
|Percy (with Annie & Clarabel)||1985||24||Packaged together with Annie & Clarabel with a unique Collector Card number|
|Wind up Sir Topham Hatt||1993||25||Released within the die cast range and given a Collector Card number, although part of a wider range outside of the Shining Time branding.|
|Bill & Ben Twin Pack||1991||30||Packaged together with a shared Collector Card number|
|Donald & Douglas Twin Pack||1992||31||Packaged together with a shared Collector Card number|
Thomas and the Magic Railroad
To celebrate the release of Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000, some models were given unique, special packaging. These models were Lady, Diesel 10, Splatter and Dodge, Thomas, Thomas and Mr. Conductor, James, Percy, Harold, Gordon, Henry, Toby, Bertie, Annie and Clarabel, and the Troublesome Trucks.
In addition to the twin packs and Annie and Clarabel packs in the range, there are also other multi-packs.
- 3 Pack containing Thomas, Henry, and James
- 6 Pack containing Thomas, Toby, Bertie, Terence, Duncan and Rheneas
- 6 Pack containing Thomas, Toby, Bertie, Terence, Percy and Harold
- 6 Pack containing Mavis, Edward, Daisy, Duck, and two Troublesome Trucks
- 6 Pack containing D199, Sir Topham Hatt's Car, Rusty, Sir Handel, and two coaches
- Wellsworth Station carry-along playset
- Railyard carry-along playset
- Construction playset
- Seaport playset
- Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Playmat 3'x5'
Gold Rail Series
Based on the "Thomas Engine Collection Series" (TECS) range by Bandai in Japan, these models had magnetic couplings, and were a fraction smaller than a HO scale model train. The Gold Rail Series did not need rebranding, as it was launched to target the US market and already featured the Shining Time Station brand, with the logo prominently across the top of the packaging box. The range also appeared in other Western Countries, including Australia. Multiple model packet sleeves, called "Value-Paks", were exclusive to the US. Henry is listed on the back of the "Value-Paks" packaging but was never released.
The Collectors Cards of the Gold Rail series match the Shining Time collectors cards of the 1/64th scale range; with the same illustration, description, and number, although formatted slightly differently to fit the different sized packaging. The Foolish Freight Car is an exception, as it takes the place of Sir Topham Hatt and the Engineer from the diecast range.
- #1 Thomas
- #2 Edward
- #4 Gordon
- #5 James
- #6 Percy
- #7 Toby
- #11 Annie
- #12 Clarabel
- #13 Bertie
- #14 Ben
- #15 Bill
- #17 Harold
- #20 Foolish Freight Car
- #22 Troublesome Truck
- Henry (unreleased)
- Bertie & Toby
- James & Edward
- Thomas, Annie & Clarabel
- Percy, Troublesome Truck & Foolish Freight Car
- Ffarquhar Playset
- Lower Suddery Playset
- Turntable Playset
- Sodor Shipping Playset
Around 1991, a miniature range was produced. The vehicles had sticker faces and were packaged with a small section of a railway. Once all were collected, the parts formed a playset.
- Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel
- Thomas, James, and trucks
- Edward, Bertie, and Trevor
- Edward, James, and Percy
Playsets and Accessories
Unlike the international packaging, the Shining Time packaging for the Playset components featured a photo of the product, instead of an illustration.
- Thomas at the station
- Bertie at the train crossing
- Percy at the turntable
- James at the signal box
- Edward at the water tower
- Thomas, Annie and Clarabel 4-corner Miniature Adventure Set
- Thomas, Trevor and the Troublesome Trucks Deluxe Miniature Adventure Set
Pull Back vehicles
The first set of pull back vehicles were large 6 inch die cast models of Thomas and Percy, released in 1984. These could be operated by dragging the model backwards along the floor so their wheels could "wind up" and letting go to "unwind".
After 1993, another set of pull back vehicles were released. 1/64 scale die cast models of Thomas, Percy, Toby, and Bertie used the same mechanism. These were under the range of "Pull back & go!".
- The only 1/64th scale vehicle not released within the Shining Time Station range is the Saved from Scrap Trevor, as seen in Is This the End?.
- Not every copy of Godred was marked as a Special Edition Engine.
- Some 1/64th scale vehicles were released bundled with VHS tapes.
- The only bundled VHS to mention Shining Time Station on the front cover of its box sleeve is the Better Late Than Never and Other Stories VHS with a model of Toby.
- Some 1/64th scale models in their original pre-1993 Shining Time Station US packaging featured the phrase "As Seen on Shining Time Station" between the character's name and their moulded blister (specifically Edward and Gordon).
Die-cast Multi-packs and Playsets
Gold Rail Vehicles
Gold Rail Value-Paks and Playsets
Pull Back Vehicles
Please visit the Thomas the Tank Engine wiki, upon which Shining Time Station is based.