Queen for a Day is the final family special of Shining Time Station.


As the queen and the prince travel on a train, two thieves sneakily detach their train coach, thus the royal family accidentally ends up at Shining Time Station. Unfortunately, nobody knows that the queen is a real one. The queen also brings her jewelry in the station, but accidentally leaves it behind when she goes to Ginny's house for tea. It is Schemer who finds the jewelry and he secretly decides to keep it for himself. Meanwhile, the prince meets Becky, Kara, and Kit and became friends with them. He is very happy because he got the chance to hang out with ordinary people, a wish that he has always wanted to fulfill. The next day, it is the talent show at Shining Time Station. The kids perform a play, while Schemer shows his singing talents by participating in a barbershop quartet The two thieves suddenly interrupt the show and begin to chase after the queen and Schemer in order to rob the jewels. Schemer and the queen escape on a motorcycle while the thieves chase them on Ginny's truck. The thieves are later stopped by J.B. King and Stacy Jones and arrested.


Thomas Stories

Gordon and Thomas head home after Thomas’ accident down the mine, and learn upon their arrival that the Queen will be paying a visit in due course. The engines debate as to who will pull the royal train, but Henry is convinced that he is the favoured candidate. But when Henry’s smoke causes a painter to drip a can of white paint onto his boiler, Sir Topham Hatt soon changes his mind. Gordon and Thomas make up for their behavior in preparation for the Queen’s arrival and Gordon ends up pulling the Royal Train.
Toby is called take part in the seaside parade as a ‘special attraction, but is sad to find that he is no longer needed when he finally arrives. Meanwhile Percy is summoned to the harbour to sort out a problem, arriving to find the cars arguing with an arrogant barge called Bulstrode. Percy sorts out the cargo before there are any further delays, but the cars get back at Bulstrode when they are accidentally pushed them through the buffers, landing in his haul. Later, Toby and Percy decide that they are both special attractions whilst Bulstrode is towed away to begin a new life as a children’s climbing frame.

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • The Lovely Ohio
  • Greensleeves/Scarborough Fair
  • Mrs. Murphy's Chowder


  • Schemer sings a few notes of "King of the Forest" from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" when he tries on the Queen's jewels.
  • The locomotive Stacy and Mr. King used to catch Biff and Bull is the same one from Billy's Party.
  • "Thomas Meets the Queen" was given its UK title, "Paint Pots and Queens", in the end credits.


Queen for a Day/Gallery

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