Once again, TUGS is part of the Sudrian Chronicles Universe. There will be a crossover between the two in Season 1, and it will be established that the Star Family and the Hatt Family are good friends. They will also have another crossover in Season 2, and will be appearing more in Season 3 and beyond.
TUGS is on my list for a spin-off covering the pre-Sodor days, and will be retelling the original episodes with new characters, and other things left out of the original series such as humans. The Bigg City Port will be established as New York City in the series, and the TUGS will be gaining East Coast USA accents rather than British ones. ~ Afro