TUGS was alright from what I saw of it, but I couldn't disagree with you more about it being better than Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Series 8 and onwards perhaps but certainly not Series 1-7. It's all subjective mind you, but that's just my take on it. TUGS never grabbed me in nearly the same way Thomas did in its prime and now the Railway Series books as well from what I've read since they inspired the show's glory days. The stories are timeless in a way that few other children's stories are. TUGS would never have seen the light of day without The Railway Series etc, so I guess that alone makes me appreciate the original show of David Mitton's all the more. I honestly enjoyed most of Series 5, 6 and 7. It wasn't as good as Series 1-4 and there were some incredibly stupid episodes in those series (Rusty and the Boulder from Series 5 and Thomas and the Jet Engine from Series 6 spring to mind) but I would still say there was enough of the original show's spirit there for it to be enjoyable. Then Series 8 came and they told the narrators to speak patronizingly slow even for children's show standards (as far as I'm concerned) and whatever Awdry elements remained in Series 5-7 were stripped away and we got generic poorly written children's show 101 in its place, masquerading as Thomas the Tank Engine as HiT take Awdry's creations and disrespect them in every regard. If I get a chance to rant about HiT Entertainment I'll take it, especially since they had the gall to put their logo on the original books in a box set I have of Wilbert's entries in the series. The show needs a complete overhaul but the chances of that happening are slim to non existent. On a more positive note, I may hate the film this song comes from, but since I heard the full version of the song in this music video I've been utterly addicted to it. The extended version flows better than the Magic Railroad's version too in my opinion.