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  • He Also Did: Seán Barrett, Big Mac's voice actor, was also the teenager on the sleeve artwork of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" (technically, the image was actually from Dunkirk (1958), but it's still an unexpected place for a TUGS voice actor to turn up).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The rights to the series are embedded in the Television South/MTM/Disney rights catalogue debacle of the 1990s. Other than some official releases on VHS. No one knows who has the rights and any DVD release or streaming of the show are very unlikely.
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  • No Export for You: The show by itself was never given a proper release in the US. Since it aired there as part of Salty's Lighthouse, edited episodes could only be found on the small handful og VHS tapes that Salty had.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: Before Sodor Island Fansite began reaching out to those who worked on the show, it was commonly believed that the series was cancelled because Britt Allcroft found it too similar to Thomas & Friends, and demanded its cancellation to avoid Dueling Works. The actual reason is listed below.
  • Unfinished Episode: According to Word of God, around 90 episodes worth of scripts had been made. It was dropped after one thirteen-episode season.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Creator David Mitton claimed that nearly a hundred episodes were written and that a second season was in pre-production before Clearwater went bankrupt. Details about said season include:
      • Taking place mostly Up River instead of Bigg City Port due to the latter's set being too restrictive and difficult to film in.
      • Possible return appearances of Sea Rogue and his uncle as when their models were discovered in 2012 they were in the midst of being reverted back to their original selves after being repurposed for other charactersnote .
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    • Early drafts of the script for Thomas and the Magic Railroad included a scene called "Thomas's Sea-side run by" which would've featured the TUGS characters. Sadly, the scene never materialized any further past the early script stage.
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