Steam Train Productions

Background: Steam Train Productions is a production company co-started by Patrick Stevens and Jerry Davin, best known as the co-creators of The Allen Alan Show (1991-2006) and Banana Splits 2000 (1998-2003).

1st Logo
(1979-1985)

Nickname: "Sunrise Train"

Logo: We see a silhouette of a steam engine approaching us in the background on a very dark green ground against a dark purple sky background with three stars. When the train gets close enough, the text

STEAM
TRAIN
PRODUCTIONS

fades in.

Variant
:
Starting in 1982, two more stars were added and the ground is slightly brighter.

FX/SFX: Just the train moving towards the screen.

Music/Sounds: A few steam engine sounds.

Availability: Scarce, it appeared only on The Stevens & Davin Show and the pilot episode of Stevens, Davin & Cornelius, the former of which last aired on TV Land in 2004 and the latter of which last aired in the late 1990's.

Scare Factor: Low.


2nd Logo
(1985-1996)

Logo: On a turquoise background, we see an animated version of the steam engine from the previous logo approaching from the left-center corner of the screen towards us, then it turns to the right of the screen and "STEAM TRAIN PRODUCTIONS" appears on the tender, as soon as it appears on-screen, the train suddenly stops.

FX/SFX: Just the train moving. The animation was produced by South Detroit Production Warehouse in Wyandotte, MI.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo, but with several guitar notes and then a flute note when the train stops.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on all other episodes of Stevens, Davin & Cornelius and it's spinoff SDC Island, Our Laugh Tent and season 1-6 episodes of The Allen Alan Show, including the aforementioned show's first two specials. It is also intact on DVD releases of the latter.

Scare Factor: Low.


3rd Logo
(1997-2006, 2008)

Logo: On a cyan background, a CGI version of the steam engine from the previous two logos comes in from the top left corner and zig-zags across the screen and approaching us until the train gets so close to us it's smoke fills the entire screen, which then dissipates and reveals "STEAM TRAIN PRODUCTIONS" and the URL "WWW.STEAMTRAINPRODUCTIONS.COM" against the same cyan background.

Variants:
  • On season 7 of The Allen Alan Show, there is a prototype version in which the animation was slightly choppier and there's no URL.
  • A warp-speed version of this logo is used on Banana Splits 2000 after the 1998 Hanna-Barbera CGI Swirling Star logo.

FX/SFX: The train moving and the smoke.

Music/Sounds: The same train sounds used in the previous two logos accompanied by a descending synthesizer fanfare.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on every episode of The Allen Alan Show from season 7 onward, the 2002 The Allen Alan Show movie I Heart Superglue, all episodes of Banana Splits 2000 and the 2008 special The Allen Alan Show: How The Show Happened (which showed the history of The Allen Alan Show) and DVD releases of all aforementioned shows.

Scare Factor: Medium for the normal version. High for the prototype variant for those who were expecting to see the previous logo and the warp-speed variant.