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The Tugs Legacy

The Tugs Legacy
Tugs Events
Star Tugs Exhibition
Tugs DVD Campaign
Star Tugs Trust (Facebook)
Tugs CGI
Sodor Island Forum
Star Fleet
The Z Stacks
Other Tugs
Important harbour Vessels
Naval Characters
Various Transit Craft
The Cranes
The Ocean Liners
Terrestrial Characters
Other Characters
Tugs Book Titles
Behind the Scenes 1
Behind the Scenes 2
Publicity Pack
Real World Tugs
Other Related Titles
Tugs Audio Productions
Beyond the Breakwater (Links)

A look at how Tugs is still with us today.

13 episodes of Tugs were made in total although looking at the models and from word of mouth it seems that pre production had begun on a second series although budget constraints and politics meant that was never to be. Through the Star Tugs Company (founded as the Star Tugs Trust) and the continuation of Thomas & Friends Tugs does have a future, what that future holds only time will tell. Here are a selection of links and photos to see how Tugs lives on today.

The Star Tugs Trust's successfully funded project page

The Star Tugs Trust
The group of fans who saved the Tugs to put on display for other fans to enjoy.

The Star Tugs Trust is a group of fans that bought many of the models and props from the series. They have planned a series of events where they'll take the Tugs on tour around the UK. They have developed a plan for a semi permanent exhibition for the Tugs at the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley near Derby. A list of these events can be found on the "Tugs Today" link in the sidebar.

The Tugs have been featured in the following issues of Model Boats Magazine, with a new feature to come in the August Edition which will be available in July.

Events, Page 7

Featuring an interview with Robert D. Cardona, Producer of Tugs.

Tugs Models in Thomas & Friends
Before Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends was transformed into the modern CGI series that we have today it used many of the models from the Tugs TV series as background props. The photos below show a selection of those models in their respective roles within the series. Most notably Bigg Mickey played a few roles as did the Fultan Ferry and many other models with little modification. One of the ocean liner models provided a regular backdrop for the series although it was repainted on many occasions and given new liveries depending on the nature of the filming. One Tugs character though, OJ was given a new livery and refitted to become Lakesider III. Keep your eye out when you watch Thomas & Friends as its now known for Tugs models that have become part of the modern CGI seasons.

The Fultan Ferry
Often seen in the background, and sunk in Quarantine, here is the Fulan Ferry as seen in TTTE.

The Ocean Liner
This looks very much like a cross between the SS Vienna and the Duchess

Star Stack?
Is that a Star Tug's Funnel that we can see behind that Tug? not to mention the other vessels!

Pre series 3 you never saw a crane like this one, now they appear along all port docksides

Big Mickey, Tramper and other vessels
Wasn't that the Tramper that collided with Lilly before sinking on Dender Rocks in 4th of July?

A Scene from Tugs?
No, the people show that this is infact from a series 3 episode of TTTE


OJ and Shrimper (Peter Sam & the Refreshment Lady)
Here you can see a rebuilt and re painted OJ with two vessels from Tugs infront.

Z-Stack from Something In the Air?
Turned wheel house and Zero livery, possible rebuild?

Further Links
The production crew moved on to other work after Tugs here are some of the Television series that they have worked on.
The official Thomas the Tank Engine Website
The Official Dream Street Website (The series Chris Tulloch worked on as a model maker)
Theodore Too- The official website of the real Theodore Tugboat, (The Series was Directed by Robert D. Cardona)
Kennet- See David Mitton's own Star Tug

The company behind the Tugs exhibition and events.

Pictures from Thomas & Friends provided by Ryan of the Star Tugs Company

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