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Once Upon a Time is the first family special of Shining Time Station.


When Becky makes a wish, a cowboy painting on the mural comes to life. His name is Ned Kincaid, and he became great friends with Stacy Jones. No one knows that Ned Kincaid was just a fictional cowboy coming from the mural from many centuries ago. Schemer becomes jealous when no one pays attention to him so he decided to start a train full of passengers in order to impress everybody. Suddenly, the train started to move, so Schemer gets scared and he jumps out. The train is moving at high speed, but there is no driver. Ned Kincaid comes to the rescue and runs after the train on his horse. He manages to jump onto the engine and save everybody from a big accident. By the end of the day, Ned Kincaid disappears back into the painting in the mural. That evening, as Stacy is preparing to lock up, a man who missed his train comes to the station and asks for a ride into town. To her surprise, the man is very simliar to Ned and his family name is also Kincaid; he turns out to be the great-grandson of Ned Kincaid.


Thomas Stories

Rusty’s driver suggests that an engine is bought to tend to a beautiful part of the railway known as the "Bluebell Railway" (because of the flowers that grow there). Rusty seeks advice from Douglas, remembering how he once saved Oliver from scrap. But Douglas warns him that the only place to find an engine would be on the "Other Railway". Rusty is given permission to go and arrives on the other railway by nightfall where he sneaks past a line of diesels. At last, he finds an engine called Stepney and together they escape, returning to Sir Topham Hatt’s railway where Stepney is restored and put into service on the Bluebell Railway.

Stepney enjoys his new life working on the Bluebell Railway, but the route is short and he never gets an opportunity to stretch his wheels. So it is arranged for him to spend some time on Sir Topham Hatt’s railway. The engines greet him warmly and he is set to work with Duck, but Thomas begins to show signs of jealousy. The situation is not helped when later that night he is "shunted" to allow Stepney to pass with a special. But when Stepney approaches Thomas with praise, he soon forgets to be jealous.

Story Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Douglas
  • Stepney
  • Rusty
  • The Bluebell Manager
  • The Important Passenger
  • Daisy ​​(not named)
  • Diesel (not named)
  • BoCo ​​(not named)
  • Mavis ​​(not named)
  • Class 40 ​​(not named)
  • Duck (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameos)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth (cameo)
  • Jem Cole (cameo)
  • Two members of the Railway Society (cameos)
  • Mrs. Last (cameo)
  • Mr. Walsh (cameo)
  • One Little Boy (cameo)
  • The Boy with His Father (cameos)
  • The Inspector with the Bowler Hat (cameo)
  • Oliver (mentioned)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)

Jukebox Band Song Segment

  • Lonestar Trail Medley
  • Buffalo Gals Medley

The Rat Pack Segment Song

  • What's New Pussycat?


  • Mr. Conductor: Oh dear! Oh deary, deary me! But how? The wishing star.
  • Mr. Conductor: Well, diary, Becky had made a wish to meet a real cowboy from long ago, and her wish had come true. Now I had Mr. Ned Kincaid from a hundred years ago to worry about. And I wasn't the only one worried...
  • Dan: Stepney got what he wanted, he ran the main line.
  • Ned Kincaid: So you're telling me that it was magic, the magic that brought me here for a day.
  • Mr. Conductor: That's right, Ned. Becky made a wish and it came true. You're it.
  • Schemer: It is just that... that you've been paying so much attention to that Mr. Kincaid guy that I thought that maybe if I got a new jukebox or maybe if I learn to drive a train then maybe you would pay attention to me and then maybe you will like me again.
  • Stacy: Oh, Schemer, I do like you, not because you learn to drive a train or you have a new jukebox, it's because I know you, because we're friends.


  • This is the first televised appearance of the Jukebox Puppet Band's manager, J.J. Silvers. Silver's previously appeared in the direct-to-video release A Day in the Life of The Jukebox Band.
  • This is the only appearance of the new jukebox as well as its puppet band, the Rat Pack.
  • Washboard Hank guest stars as the One Man Band, albeit, uncredited.
  • The episodes marks the first of a few things:
    • The return of "Shining Time Station" in 1995.
    • The first to feature scenes filmed outdoors, not counting the Season 3 episode, Billy's Runaway Train.
    • The first special to feature the Britt Allcroft logo after the end credits.
  • This is the first and only time Schemer has verbally interacted with members of the Jukebox Band, via telephone to JJ Silvers.
  • The special does not credit who performed as The Rat Pack. However, Craig Marin revealed that he played the lead singer Dorian Graymouse, while Olga Felgemacher-Marin played the pussycat Kitten Baboodle, and Jonathan Freeman and Peter Baird played the rats Ruff and Tuff.


  • While Mr. Conductor's whistle and sparkle, as well as the Jukebox background music, sound lower in the other three family specials and Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales, they still sound the same in this special as it did in Seasons 2 and 3.
  • In real life, Schemer could've been arrested for causing a runaway train.