Bio in the Railway Series
Charles Laxey was born in 1920, and is a cousin of the late Reverend Peter Dreswick, Vicar of Arlesburgh. In 1954, Edward first approached the Vicar to save Trevor from scrap. The Reverend agreed and, following a demonstration, purchased Trevor fir cheap, letting the traction engine live in the Vicarage Orchard. At the time, he was a youngish man of 34 with sons of 8 and 6. After the purchase, he hired the services of Jem Cole whenever a driver was required.
By the time of Thomas and the Twins, the now old 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. Shortly after this, he retired with his wife to a cottage on the outskirts of Brendam. It stands near the railway, so he is able to maintain his acquaintanceship with Edward and his crew.
His eldest son, also named Charles, had followed his father into the Holy Orders, and was lucky enough to be offered the living of Wellsworth on Charles' retirement, so Trevor still lives at the Vicarage. Thanks to earlier tuition by Jem Cole, Trevor's current owner has become an able driver and mechanic in his own right. The younger son, after obtaining a First in English at Oxford, joined the publishing firm of Chatter & Windows in Suddery and has worked his way up to the post of Editorial Manager.
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 Hault.
The Vicar wears the typical clothing of an Angilican priest, with a grey shirt with a Roman collar and a Saturna hat.
- According to the magazine story Trevor's Nest, the Vicar is a bird lover.
- His surname is likely taken from the Manx village of Laxey. The name derives from the Old Norse word Laxa meaning 'Salmon River'. The village is noted for having three vintage railways.
- 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.