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Mike's Updates

Saturday 17/02/2024

I have been listing a number of new items from a recent purchase which includes a large collection of Hornby, Bassett lowke 0 gauge items, it will take a little time to list items but there are some very interesting locomotives including E120 special Tender Locos in LMS and GWR in Excellent/plus overall condition and others, many matching No.1 and 2 Passenger coaches. A good quantity of accessories, Stations, Island platforms, Passenger platforms, Signals, Lamps standards etc…. so keep coming back ………………….

I have a number of items on the site to suit all types of vintage 0 Gauge collectors from £12 post war wagons to an early Private owner van ‘Colemans’ mustard van at £950. Bassett lowke Winteringham wagons from £28 to a GWR Prairie Electric loco at £1100 and many more items……………. so keep looking………

Parcel prices – For the UK – Please be aware I only use Royal Mail 1st class and Special Delivery (note Special Delivery parcels over 2 kilos to 10 kilos). Prices are 2-10 kilo = £17 insured to £750 and £20 insured to £2500. 1.0 -1.99 kilo = £13 and up to 1 kilo = £10, 1st class parcel signed for £5.50 (small parcel) Medium £7.50 – up to 2.00 kilo.

On Parcels to Holland, France and Germany are taking a few extra days, but there appears to be a vast improvement in delivery times in the last 6 months. 

The Post Office has removed (or hidden) a form for calculating postage costs to the UK and overseas destinations, and the information available now is ‘as clear as Mud’. I am trying to calculate accurate overseas postage costs but have not had a lot of success at the moment; I will just keep trying, if anyone out there can point me in the right direction, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Thank you to all customers who are paying through the website that should be easy for you if you are having difficulties please let me know. My apologies for a few customers who have paid by bank transfer and had bank matching problems apparently my name did not match the name on the bank account so I have changed it to comply with the bank details I have always been know as Mike but the account is under ‘Michael Delaney T/A Vintage Toys’, so apologies to those who were effected. 

PayPal I do not accept PayPal as a direct payment unless agreed with me. Paypal charges me 4.9% and takes that money when it is transferred to me. I find this percentage of deduction by them to be wholly unacceptable, these costs are not included in my costs of selling. There is a transfer facility under Friend and Family for which I understand there is no charge, so please, I will reluctantly accept that method as a last resort.

Payments can be made directly on the site which is fully secure, and I have to complete an annual audit to make sure that I comply. If you prefer you can ring me with card details, Direct Bank Transfer or send a Cheque whichever suits you. I am more than happy to talk to anyone who has a problem in making payments or is concerned about security. My ultimate aim is to make sure your transaction process is smooth, easy for you to operate, secure, and you are happy with your item. I am all for making it as easy as possible in this complicated world we are in today.

Don’t forget to support/attend your local events and for me under the HRCA banner that will be Mortimer near Reading and for the Bassett Lowke Society at Digswell AL6 0EA, so go along and enjoy the running events.

As mentioned above there will be a number of new Bassett Lowke items in the coming weeks including a LNER Flying Scotsman, LMS Black Royal Scot, Stanier Tank, GWR Mogul, GWR Prairie Tank and others, many items of Goods and Passenger rolling stock so keep coming back………………………..

 I have been adding Bassett Lowke items including an unbelievable Bassett Lowke Peckett Tank Loco in Clockwork, continuing to add Winteringham 1930’s wagons in LMS, GWR and SR all types including Open, Covered and Brake vans, I will keep trying to add items and have adding a Near Mint LNER 4-4-0 Loco & Tender in 3-rail electric this is in stunning original condition with a matching Bing 1921/24 Brake end coach (both have now been sold) as well as a Bing Cauliflower so keep looking. I also have a number of Exley coaches. On the larger Gauge front, I have nothing more to add. I have purchased some Dinky toys in the diecast section.

Collections of Hornby and Bassett Lowke are still coming in, and offers are being made on a weekly basis, so the layout and running is taking a back step on too many occasions. I have done a little work on the layout and have just installed a new bridge superbly built by one of the Bassett Lowke layout organisers, who has built this for me in the style of the wooden buildings made by Bassett Lowke. I do have a lot of work still to do, but I am enjoying running a number of the vintage trains, including Hornby, Bassett Lowke, Leeds, Milbro etc.

A few of the vintage Loco mechs continue to cause problems, and at the moment, I have a CR 4-4-0 laid up with one or 2 others, some are nearly 90 years old, but still very frustrating, I do like to make sure they all run and perform well on the layout. I will try to post some additional pictures so you can see the progress, I hope you will enjoy them. 

Events – The Hornby Mortimer event near Reading has running facilities in 0 and Dublo, every second Wednesday of each month (some dates do change so keep an eye of the magazine for changes) starting at 5.00 pm. The Bassett Lowke meetings at the Cowper Arms Digswell AL6 0EA include the Bassett Lowke 3-rail raised centre 3rd layout. I will publish dates as I am made aware of them. Please support your local events and bring something to run.

When you have placed an order please make sure your basket shows the item/s, and you WILL receive confirmation of the order. If this does not happen, please check your spam box/s to make sure the email/s has not ended up there. Please get in touch with me if you do not receive a total, including the posting/shipping cost. Please do not pay the order until I have added the postage/shipping cost, which will depend on the packed weight of the item/s and the destination. You can always ring me if you have any doubts about your order or other matters on 07979 910760. I accept payment on the site by card or bank transfer.

If you prefer to do it over the phone directly with me or send a cheque or cash, that is fine too.

I realise that we all have a budget to work to, so you can secure any item with a deposit on an agreed time frame, so give me a call to discuss this option if it is of interest. Don’t forget to let me know if you are looking for anything in particular I will always keep a look out and let you know if they are in stock. Additional pictures are available for all items on the site. If you are unsure about an item/s, you can also contact me to discuss the item/s on the phone, and I can also describe it to you.

Many of my recent items have quickly found new homes, so if you are looking for something particular, you can always ask, and I will let you know if/when they are in stock.

Don’t forget, if you are looking for something in particular, let us know we may have it in stock. I am always looking for nice items to add to my updates, so if you have something to sell, a single item or a whole collection, we can also offer to sell your items on a commission basis, so give me a ring or email with details.

Bassett Lowke Gauge 0 0-4-0 ‘PECKETT’ Tank Loco in lined green No.4481, Clockwork. – Stunning overall condition – £695

Events

24 Feb

Sandown Park Toy Fair

24/02/2024    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
My usual great selection of of and Gauge 0 & 1 will be available I look forward to seeing you there
13 Mar

Mortimer Evening Running Event

13/03/2024    
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This is the monthly afternoon/evening event with layouts in 0 and Dublo. Come along enjoy the event and bring something to run, or just watch [...]
06 Apr

HRCA 55th Anniversary Show

06/04/2024 - 07/04/2024    
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
HRCA 55th Anniversary show at the Newark Showground - More detail to follow on displays - I will be trading with my super stock of [...]
10 Apr

Mortimer Evening Running Event

10/04/2024    
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This is the monthly afternoon/evening event with layouts in 0 and Dublo. Come along enjoy the event and bring something to run, or just watch [...]
08 May

Mortimer Evening Running Event

08/05/2024    
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This is the monthly afternoon/evening event with layouts in 0 and Dublo. Come along enjoy the event and bring something to run, or just watch [...]
18 May

Sandown Park Toy Fair

18/05/2024    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
My usual great selection of of and Gauge 0 & 1 will be available I look forward to seeing you there
01 Jun

TCS - Bassett-Lowke Toy Train Show

01/06/2024    
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This show is being held at the motor museum in Gaydon and as far as I am aware will cover the TCS/Bassett Lowke and Trix [...]
07 Sep

Sandown Park Toy Fair

07/09/2024    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
My usual great selection of of and Gauge 0 & 1 will be available I look forward to seeing you there
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