We thought that some of our Victoria fans would be interested in the life of the real Victoria in pictures before her book fame.
She was built in 1886 and delivered to Petersfield, Hampshire, to Walter Seward. Here she worked for many years before being laid up in the workshop in Petersfield in 1933. She stayed here being cared for by the Seward family until she was sold off in 1969. Victoria then had a couple of owners who didn’t do much with her and she sat in a barn for most of those years until 1980 when a gentleman called Peter Fagg decided her would like to buy her and get her up and running.
Through 1980 and 1981 Peter set to work, bringing Victoria back to life. He kept her until 2002 when Wendy and her family bought her, and this is where Victoria enjoys her time now as a beautiful traction engine and fame as the main character in the Victoria’s Torton Tales story books.
Below are some pictures of Victoria from when she was in the shed in Petersfield, coming out the barn when Peter Fagg bought her, her restoration (many thanks to Ian Langley for the restoration pictures), right up to current day. Enjoy!
This is where Victoria lived after finishing work from 1933 to 1969.
After all the years in Petersfield, Victoria was sold in 1969 and off to start a new life.
This picture was taken as Victoria emerges from a barn in 1980 when Peter Fagg purchased her, and again her life was about to change.
Peter and his team worked on Victoria.
I always think that this really doesn't look like Victoria with her sad rusty boiler and looking very sorry for herself.
Peter working on Victoria
It looks like they will never get Victoria going again, no back wheels or all the workings on top the boiler, but at least she has some green paint on her.
Finally she is looking more like the Victoria we all know and love today with her beautiful green paintwork, lacking her big back wheels here though.
Looking like her good self,. Wow! What a wonderful transformation, from rusty beginning to her lovely shiny green self.
This picture was taken back in August 2002 when we had decided to buy Victoria, and this was Peter showing Lloyd the correct way to look after and drive her.
This was again back in 2002 and the first time Lloyd and Wendy were on Victoria's footplate together.
This was the day we purchased Victoria and she came back to Petersfield, Hampshire.
Although Peter sold Victoria to us in 2002 he still comes out with us and gets back on the footplate for a drive. Here he is at Singleton a couple of years ago about to go into the arena.
This is Victoria's crew, Lloyd, Wendy, Jack, Harry and Kev.
This is as we all know Victoria today, looking fabulous and waiting to meet all her fans who love her story books.