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How the Station Got Its Name is the third season finale.


Kara, Becky, and Mr. Conductor go back in time to get a missing part for a lantern. They meet the grandparents of Stacy, Schemer, Billy, and Mr. King and end up learning how Shining Time Station got its name.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

The Flexitoon Puppeteers

Guest Cast

Mentioned Characters

Thomas Stories

While Sir Topham Hatt was on holiday, he met a nice tram engine named Toby. His grandchildren had a lot of fun riding around in his coach Henrietta. They are Henrietta’s first passengers in a long time because Toby has all but been put out of business by the trucks. Eventually Toby’s railway had to close. Fortunately for Toby, Sir Topham Hatt has plans for him.

Thomas gets in trouble with a new policeman. He is labeled a regular law breaker for running near public roads without side plates and a cowcatcher. Thomas is afraid the others will laugh at him for wearing such. Since Toby is a tram engine that does have side plates and a cowcatcher, Sir Topham Hatt gets the idea to bring him to Sodor. Toby brings Henrietta to their new home, and now works with Thomas on his branch line.


  • Thomas
  • Toby
  • Henrietta
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Ffarquhar Policeman
  • The First Butler
  • Stephen Hatt
  • Bridget Hatt
  • Freight Cars (do not speak)
  • Lady Hatt (not named; does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameos)
  • Earnest (portrait cameo)
  • The Green Bus (indirectly mentioned)
  • Toby's Manager (mentioned)

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • Cowboy Medley


  • This is the first time The Jukebox Band's grandparents are seen, albeit living in a player piano instead of a jukebox. However, they look exactly like their grandchildren.
  • This was the final regular half-hour episode of Shining Time Station. The show would later return in 1995 for a quartet of hour-long specials.
  • Although Kara and Becky ask Mr. Conductor about what the stout gentleman's important letter said, it is never revealed once again.
  • Possibly for time reasons, the first shot of "Toby the Tram Engine" was cut.
  • This is the last episode in which Stacy wears a wig.
  • During the Cowboy Medley, Sheriff Jack Rabbit comes to Rex and Tex and says some quotes, the last one being The whole world is a birthday cake, so take a piece but not too much. This is a reference to The Beatles song, "It's All Too Much."
  • Unlike other episodes, the closing illustration shot of the "You're Leaving Shining Time" sign is zoomed in.