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"Big, bad, strong, and solid!
That truck's name is Hector Horrid!
"
— The Troublesome Trucks , Hector the Hopper Truck, Amazing Adventures


Hector (an acronym for "Heavily Engineered Coal Truck On Rails") is a coal hopper who is good friends with Thomas, Rosie, Rebecca, Molly, and James

Bio

Thomas & Friends

When Bill and Ben first brought Hector to the yard, he was being troublesome and kept banging into the twins. Hector, at first, was aggressive. He roared angrily at the engines to "KEEP AWAY!", giving Thomas a fright and scaring Rosie away. Thomas, determined to shunt him and having enough of the truck's behaviour, accidentally pushed him off the line, after which Hector revealed he was intimidating so he would not have to carry coal, being scared of doing so. After being helped back onto the rails, Thomas showed him it was actually quite fun[1].

Later on, Hector helped James get through a snowstorm from the Shunting Yard to Great Waterton after James ignored his previous advice and some of the trucks got stuck in a snowdrift[2].

Stories From Sodor

Once, Hector tried to stop S.C. Ruffey, Fred Pelhay, Rickety, and the other Troublesome Trucks from playing tricks on Rosie[3].

Later, Hector asked Sir Topham Hatt to be converted to a ballast hopper, a request to which Sir Topham Hatt happily obliged[4].

After that, Hector tried to keep the trucks from playing tricks on Rebecca[5].

Personality

Hector used to be mean and aggressive to hide his fear of being filled with coal. Thanks to Thomas, he learned that there was no need to be scared and is now friendly and helpful to the engines.

Basis

Hector is based on an ICI Hopper Wagon. These wagons were used to haul limestone traffic from the quarries at Tunstead, near Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District, to the ICI processing works at Northwich, and were an early example of "block trains" in Britain. 152 of these wagons were built in three batches over a 17 year period, and they were in service until 1997. Six examples of this type of wagon are preserved, one by the National Railway Museum.

Livery

Hector is painted black with "HECTOR" painted on both sides in white.

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