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Clearwater Features Ltd. was a company in Shepperton that made and produced the first/second series of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends between 1984 and 1986 for Gullane Entertainment. It is also known for creating TUGS.


Clearwater was founded in 1983 by Robert D. Cardona and David Mitton, the latter of whom did most of the work on Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. The company produced many commercials, six hundred top-rating television programs, two feature films, and three television movies. It closed down on 31 December 1990 after seven years at work because of TUGS' end of production and Britt Allcroft's return from the United States, when she purchased the models and sets used for TUGS. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends remained produced by Gullane Entertainment between 1991 and 2003.


  • When the studio closed, David Mitton went to work for Gullane Entertainment and Robert D. Cardona went to live in Canada and work on Theodore Tugboat.
  • The production logo of Clearwater Features was a Cadillac car parked at a film studio with palm trees.
  • Clearwater Features' logo appeared on the ending on every episode of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends until 1986 and appeared on the flag of a barge in the TUGS episode, Regatta.


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