It may have only lasted for one season, totalling just 13 episodes – however, Tugs soon became a hit with many including myself. So imagine my surprise when literally just thirty minutes from where I live, I could actually view the original models from the 1980s children’s TV show at Midland Railway in Butterley! A lovely steam heritage line that just so happens to be the new home of the Tugs models and plenty of memorabilia.
How could I miss this opportunity and after speaking to the Star Tugs Exhibition who now own much of the collection, I was provided with exclusive access to the original models which includes Ten Cents, Big Mac, O.J., Hercules, Sunshine, Zorran, Zebedee, Zak, Zug, Zip and many more besides! The icing on the cake though was the opportunity to interview the team, detailing how they found the Star Fleet and Z Stacks tugs, the challenges of preserving them and the future.
So please, sit down and enjoy the wonderful magic of Tugs within my YouTube documentary… What happened to Tugs?