Schmid was at one time a major licensed maker of ceramic collectibles. In 1994 and under license with Quality Family Entertainment, the company released a number of Shining Time Station pieces to be collected by fans of the show. The pieces were packed on attractive Shining Time theme coloured boxes featuring artwork of the station and its residents. Schmid also later produced a number of ceramic collectibles of the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends characters for Britt Allcroft Productions. Here we feature the Schmid line produced for Shining Time Station.
Sample artwork featured on the boxes for Schmid SHINING TIME STATION collectibles
SHINING TIME STATION COOKIE JAR
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment (1994)
The roof comes off this colourful ceramic station to reveal the inscription "There's just something special about this place" inside the cookie jar. The cookie jar measures @6" square and @8" tall.
SHINING TIME STATION JUKEBOX MUSIC BOX
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 42050 (1994)
Listen to the Jukebox!
Though the kneeling man bears little resemblance to Schemer, this is definitely the Arcade's Jukebox. This collectible features a Sankyo keyed music box which plays the theme from Shining Time Station. As the music plays, the center drum rotates to reveal pictures of the Jukebox Puppet Band members. This piece measures 7.25" X 4.25" x 6.25" high.
SHINING TIME STATION JUKEBOX BANK
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 94101 (1994)
Start your own nickel collection just like Schemer and Tito with this ceramic bank!
TO ALL TRAINS 3" x 5" PICTURE FRAME
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 42051 (1994)
Ceramic standing picture frame which holds a 3.5 x 5" photograph. Measures 9.5" x 6.5"
TICKET STATION 4" x 6" PICTURE FRAME
Schmid for Quality Family Entertainment - Cat.# 42055 (1994)
Ceramic standing picture frame which holds a 4 x 6" photograph. Measures 8.25" x 6.75"
THOMAS & JAMES IN TUNNEL COOKIE JAR
Schmid for Britt Allcroft - Cat.# 42034 (1994)
Britt Allcroft's company also licensed Schmid to create Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends character ceramic pieces - this one featuring Thomas & James for a Cookie Jar (front and rear view). The packaging was distinctively Thomas-themed, but included the banner as seen on Shining Time Station. This cookie jar measured 8.5" x 5" x 7.5" high.
THOMAS ON THE LINE PICTURE FRAME
Schmid for Britt Allcroft - Cat.# 42036 (1994)
Box for the Schmid Thomas on the Line Picture Frame (42036). Note the "as seen on Shining Time Station" on the packaging.
OTHER THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS CERAMICS
Below is an assortment of other Schmid Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends characters, with a few of them musical. The boxes also featured the "As seen on Shining Time Station" logo.
An assortment of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Schmid ceramic figurines
photo courtesy R. Imparato
Pictured above beginning top-left:
• Percy & The Dragon Bookends - PAIR (42045).
• Thomas And Bertie's Great Race - MUSICAL (48753); plays Bertie's theme.
• Thomas With Engineer - MUSICAL (42014); plays the classic Thomas theme.
• Percy - A Cow On The Line - MUSICAL (42052); plays the classic Thomas theme.
• James With Sir Topham Hatt - MUSICAL (42018); plays James' theme.
• Daisy Musical Figurine (48488); plays “I’ve been working on the railroad”