Victor was built in the United States by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as a "one off" design. He was soon exported to Cuba to work on sugar plantations and mills, specifically the ones owned by the Céspedes Sugar Company in Camagüey Province. For over 40 years he lead a rather uneventful life, simply shunting and delivering trucks of sugar cane. Despite being built in America, he didn't know English and could only understand Spanish.
By the late 1950s, revolution was in full swing on Cuba, and Victor's owners, fearing the actions of the Communist revolutionaries if they won, decided to sell off some of their assets, including Victor. Luckily for him, Sir Charles Topham Hatt was looking to aquire an engine to run the internal rail network at the North Western Railway's Works and, being unable to find a suitable engine in the British Isles, had been forced to look abroad for an engine.
A deal was reached, and Victor was dispatched to the Island of Sodor by boat in late 1958, days before the revolutionaries took power in Cuba. After a long journey across the Atlantic, with delays caused by storms, the ship stopped in Ireland, where it picked up additional cargo and a excited little green engine, also destined for Sodor. Victor tried to strike up a conversation with the engine, named Luke, but neither was able to understand the other.
After leaving Ireland, the ship continued on its way to Sodor but encountered more fierce storms. The storms were fierce enough to break the chains holding him to the deck. When the ship arrived at Brendam Docks, Luke convinced the workmen to unload him first, despite Victor's attempts to warn them that he was not properly secured to the ships deck. When Cranky unloaded Luke, he accidentally swung the engine into Victor, which caused him to roll off to the deck and into the sea, where he landed on a jetty.
Victor is the engine who keeps the Steamworks operating. He is a busy engine with a winning sense of humour and a heart of gold. He is highly respected among all of Sodor's engines for helping to sort their repairs and see to their needs. He is very friendly, can often put a smile on an engine's smokebox and will often help guide an engine where he feels it may be to their benefit. Victor also has a firm manner when something needs to be sorted and stands for no nonsense from naughty steam engines or lurking diesel engines. He takes his work very seriously and takes great pride in helping to maintain the service of the Steamworks. In his time, Victor has helped restore, repair and repaint most of Sodor's locomotives and he keeps the Steamworks a welcoming, bustling, hospitable environment. He keeps a keen, watchful eye over Kevin the crane, who assists him in the works' operations. Kevin's clumsiness and antics may cause Victor bother and disturbance, but Victor is fond of Kevin and glad to have him as part of the team.
Victor is painted dark red with yellow lining, and black and yellow hazard stripes on his bufferbeams. The sides of his cab are painted yellow and have the Steamworks logo on them.
Victor was painted bright yellow with green lining and was numbered 1173 when he worked in Cuba and when he first arrived on Sodor.
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