Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Synopsis: Mr. Conductor's supply of magic gold dust, which allows him to travel between Shining Time and Thomas's island, is critically low. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get more. Meanwhile, Thomas is fending off attacks by the nasty diesel engines. Getting more gold dust will require help from Mr. C's slacker cousin, his new friend Lilly, and her morose grandfather, plus the secret engine he's hidden all these years and couldn't get running.
Director(s): Britt Allcroft
Production: Destination Films
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
3.8
Metacritic:
19
Rotten Tomatoes:
19%
G
Year:
2000
85 min
$2,027,042
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Hello. I'm Mr. Conductor...

and I'm going to tell you

a story about trains...

folks far apart and the magic railroad

that brought them together.

Every story, like a railroad,

has its heroes.

Meet Thomas.

He's our number one hero.

Hello!

But he's running a little late today.

This is the Island of Sodor

where Thomas and his friends live.

It's at one end of my special universe.

I like helping out here.

By the invitation of Sir Topham Hat,

of course.

Five, six, seven, eight.

Who do we appreciate?

Practicing your numbers, Gordon.

That's a good engine.

I'm counting

how many seconds late you are.

What does that sign say?

"Sodor Railway.

Really reliable and right on time."

Signed, " Head of the railway,

Sir Topham Hat."

But you weren't on time,

little Thomas.

You're being bossy.

Please excuse me.

I'm meeting Mr. Conductor.

He's looking after us while

Sir Topham Hat takes a needed holiday.

I think we can take care

of ourselves.

Get out of my way!

I have unfinished business here...

and I wanna finish it fast!

Diesel 10's back!

Yes, ten out of ten for devious deeds

and brutal strength.

The blast from the past

who hates steam engines.

Maybe we do need

Mr. Conductor here after all.

On time!

At the other end of my universe...

far away across oceans of time...

up and over Muffle Mountain

and hidden deep in a valley...

is my hometown...

Shining Time.

Every now and then

There appears a sign

That points just round the bend

To a place you'll find

Covered in clover

The magic comes over you

Showing up right on time

This is your Shining Time

Climbing through stars to

Your own cloud nine

Soft strokes of lightning

Paint the skies brightening

Up all your Shining Time

And by the way, I think you're

going to help me and Thomas...

somewhere in this story.

If Diesel has unfinished business...

there's sure to be trouble

right around the corner.

Boo, fly! Shoo, fly! That's it!

Better still, buzz off!

Botheration!

You weren't concentrating, Thomas.

Lucky for you

that the buffers were there.

That's what buffers are for,

to stop engines from crashing.

Why are you in the sheds, James?

I'm feeling a little blue...

which isn't so hot when you're red.

I was naughty and Sir Topham Hat

told me to think...

about all the ways I can be useful.

Then I can come out again.

He's just trying to make this

a better railway for steam engines.

He says, the harder we work,

the less he'll need diesels to help.

Help you?

You'll always need help!

Because steam engines

are cowardly, cranky...

worn-out hunks of metal

who couldn't hurt a fly.

- No, we're not!

- Yes, you are!

- Aren't!

- Are!

Now, I've come back

to find a lost steam engine.

I'm gonna destroy her

and dominate you!

And then you'll be nothing

but useless scrap! Right, Pinchy?

Big bully!

- Stinker!

- We're really useful engines!

You won't dominate us

and you won't destroy her!

We won't let you. Neither will

Mr. Conductor. I'm off to fetch him now.

What lost engine?

There, Mutt, paint job's finished.

I reckon Shining Time has the best

welcome sign of any town in our valley.

I'm glad you agree.

Billy's old map sure helped a lot.

He's on his way back now?

You hear that train whistle sooner

than it hears itself.

Fine work, Patch.

Thanks.

I've been looking at your map.

What are these mysterious

shadowy lines?

They look like

straight railroad tracks...

but I can't see any tracks around here,

except the ones you travel on.

- It's mysteries that make this land so...

- Magical?

I better be off to Muffle Mountain.

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Britt Allcroft

Britt Allcroft (born Hilary Mary Allcroft, 14 December 1943) is an English film, television and live theater producer, writer, director and voice actress. She is the creator of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (later re-titled Thomas & Friends), Shining Time Station (with Rick Siggelkow) and Magic Adventures of Mumfie. She wrote, co-produced and directed the film Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000). more…

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