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

Plot

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.

Characters

Thomas Stories

After Thomas' accident down a mine shaft, he and Gordon head home. Then they 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 favored 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 he is sad to find that he is no longer needed when he finally arrives. Meanwhile Percy is summoned to the harbor 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.

Story Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Freight Cars
  • Bulstrode
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Painter
  • Elizabeth II (does not speak)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
  • Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
  • Jem Cole (cameo)
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth (cameo)
  • Farmer Trotter (cameo)
  • Refreshment Lady (cameo)
  • One Little Boy (cameo)
  • The Dryaw Policeman (cameo)
  • The Crovan's Gate Policeman (cameo)
  • The Portly Man (cameo)
  • Mrs. Last (cameo)
  • The Boy with His Father (cameos)

Jukebox Band Segment Song

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

Trivia

  • 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.
  • As the final family special of the series, this marks the last appearance of the majority of the episode's cast, except for Mr. Conductor who returned for his Thomas Tales in 1996.

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