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Bio in the Railway Series
Edward first approached the Vicar to save Trevor from scrap. The Reverend agreed and purchased Trevor, letting the traction engine live in the Vicarage Orchard.
By the time of Thomas and the Twins, the old Reverend had retired and one of his sons, also named Charles, had taken over the Vicarage. The Reverend could not afford to repair Trevor's boiler, but after he warned Edward when his trucks derailed, the Fat Controller, in gratitude, paid for Trevor to be repaired at Crovan's Gate.
Bio in the Television Series
In the third season, the Vicar held a party at the Vicarage when his parish could not pay for a seaside trip for the children. The Vicar asked Edward to carry some posters for the party on his boiler, cab and coaches. He later came to tell Edward about the party's success.
On Laxey's Vicarage, Laxey has a lot of beehives that in the third season episode, Buzz Buzz, the Vicar sent one of his beehives to be carried on the express, but unluckily a porter dropped it, disturbing the bees. The bees eventually settled on James' boiler and only flew off when James passed the Vicarage orchard. The Vicar later came to thank James for rescuing his bees, and nicknamed him "James the red-nosed engine". Laxey also has a Sunday School class that is shown in Percy's Promise at Tidmouth.
- According to the magazine story Trevor's Nest, the Vicar is a bird lover.
- His appearance in the television series changed several times, he had really small eyes in Saved from Scrap, then he had much bigger eyes in Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party, then he had a face mask similar to Jem Cole's in Buzz, Buzz.