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Come ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks to the Junction,
Forget about your cares, it is time to relax at the Junction,
Lots of curves, you bet, even more when you get to the Junction,
There's a little hotel called the Shady Rest at the Junction,
It is run by Kate*, come and be her guest at the Junction,
And that's Uncle Joe, he's a-movin' kinda slow at the Junction,
Widow Kate Bradley and her three daughters, Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo and Betty Jo, run the charming but run-down Shady Rest Hotel on the outskirts of rural Hooterville. Uncle Joe Carson, is the slow-movin, slow talkin' hotel manager who hangs out with "Boy" the Bradley family dog.
City folk escape from hectic urban life with brief stays in the rural village, where nothing much ever happens. Most of the interactions of hotel staff and guests, along with friends and townspeople, takes place in the lobby of The Shady Rest.
Engineers Floyd Smoot and Charley Pratt make regular runs in the Hooterville Cannonball, a 1890s steam powered train and is the town's chief public transportation to Drucker's General Store.
Townsfolk and friends include Fred Ziffel, a pig farmer; Arnold, Fred's intelligent pig; Doris Ziffel, Fred's wife; Orrin Pike, game warden; Ben Miller and Newt Kiley, farmers; and Herby Bates, a friend of the girls.
Viewers may not have realized the Cannonball shown was sometimes a real train, and sometimes a model. The train was made up of a steam engine, coal car, and mail/passenger coach. Interestingly, the Cannonball was the same train in The Wild Wild West series with Jim West.
* The lyrics were changed after Bea Benaderet (who played Kate) died and a lady doctor (June Lockhart) joined the cast.
Show Description Credit: IMDB.com
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|Last Airing||Sep 12, 1970|
|Premiere||September 24, 1963|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
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The Ultimate Collection
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