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Sunday 24/09/2023 —— I have had to return a payment via PAYPAL because they have held on to the money and will not release the payment. PLEASE NOTE – I only accept paypal from overseas customers by agreement, paypal change 5% to transfer that payment into my account and this is totally unacceptable percentage which I have NOT built into my costs for running the business. PLEASE Please do not pay me unless I have agreed payment and if I have agreed please make sure you use payment email – all other accounts will be closed in the next 7 days. My website is fully secure for taking payments, you can also ring me to make payments over the phone or a lot of customers are now using bank transfer. I apologies for any inconvenience but the costs are not sustainable.

UK parcel through the Royal mail are all OK and on time, parcel overseas are now being accept under 2 kilo so hopefully we are back to normal. The post office have removed (or Hidden) a form for calculating postage costs to the over seas destinations and the forms available now are a clear as Mud. I am trying to calculate the postage costs but not have a lot of success at the moment so please bear with me.

The website update programme is running behind and although it would be no drastic update just make the site easier to use, more friendly so if you have had difficulties in using the site, or items you would like changing to make it easier for you please let me know and we will see if we can incorporate them in the update. more new as it becomes available.

Thank you to all customers that are paying through the website that should be easy for you if you are having difficulties please let me know. I note a few customers of late have paid me direct by paypal, please note, I do not accept paypal as a direct payment unless agreed with me. Paypal charge me 4.9% and take that money when it is transferred to me. I find this percentage of deduction by them to be wholly unacceptable to me, 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 direct on the site which are fully secure, if you prefer you can ring me with card details, direct Bank Transfer or send a Cheque which ever suits you or 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 enjoy the running events

On parcels to Europe, it appears in the main that we are back to normal (whatever normal is these days). Parcels to Holland, France and Germany are taking a few extra days but again there appears to be a vast improvement in delivery times. Please be aware I only use Royal Mail 1st class and Special Delivery (note special Delivery parcels over 2 kilo are now only £16 for Parcel length under 610mm – down from £26.70 – Royal Mail trying to compete!!!!!), for parcels going overseas Royal Mail up to 2.0 kilos and Parcel Force for weights over 2 kilos. Parcel prices have increased prices for the overseas destinations. I do not make a profit on packing I want to cover my costs, I tend to overpackage parcels but most importantly ensure they arrive with you on time and in the right condition.

I have and will be adding Bassett Lowke items, Boxed Rebuilt ‘Royal Scot’ in Electric, A super boxed Stanier LMS Lined black electric Tank loco, GWR Prairie Tank to follow, some excellent Winteringham wagons but I am afraid on the Bassett Lowke and other vintage 0 Gauge front not much to add, I will keep trying. On the larger Gauge front I will be adding some Carette and Bing Gauge 2 (sorry now nearly all sold) so if that is your interest keep watching

It has not been so busy with collection offers over the last few weeks but that is about to change as I am looking a 2 large collection of Hornby and Bassett Lowke so we will see what comes of that over the coming weeks. 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 are still causing problems, they 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 enjoy them.


October 2023

Saturday 7th October
HRCA Hornby Collector Association 0 Gauge Train Show
Gaydon Motor Museum, Gaydon

Wednesday 11th October
Mortimer Evening running event
St John’s Hall, Mortimer

Sunday 22nd October
Kidlington Toy and Train fair
Exeter Hall, Kidlington

November 2023

Wednesday 8th November
Mortimer Evening running event
St John’s Hall, Mortimer

Saturday 11th November
Sandown Park Toy Fair
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

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 includes the Bassett lowke 3-rail raised centre 3rd layout. I will publish dates as I am made aware of them. Please support your event and bring something to run.

When you have placed an order please, 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 contact me if you do not receive a total including the posting/shipping cost. 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 are in any doubts about your order or other matters on 07979 910760. I accept payment on the site by card, 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 item/s on the phone and I can also describe them to you.

A lot 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 send me an email with details.

Hornby 0 Gauge Rare LST20 SR Goods set with a 4-4-2 Special Tank loco SR green No.2329 20 volt electric – good/plus – £495

Hornby 0 Gauge colas Bitumen Tanker in Black and Red – Boxed – £350

A Hornby ‘E’ Wembley Island Platform Circa 1939 Speckled finish, Good/plus boxed £395

Hornby 0 Gauge No.E220 Loco & Tender GWR ‘County of Bedford’ No.3821, 20 volt electric – Part boxed – £695

I have a few Bassett Lowke items including a Maroon Princess, Duchess in 3-rail electric, Newman coaches, 0-6-0 LMS 4F in 3 rail electric and a few Exley coaches including LMS Brake all 3rd coach in Near mint condition. There is also a LNER tourist stock coach and the last of the LNER coaches. I do have a selection of Milbro LMS coaches including 2 sets of triples so if you have any interest in these just let me know.

Bassett Lowke 0 Gauge 2-6-4 stanier Tank Loco LMS lined Black No.2603, 3-rail electric Boxed – £895
A Rare Marklin 0 Gauge Pullman coach – Good plus – £675
a Bassett lowke 0 Gauge LMS Princess Coronation class ‘Princess Elizabeth No.6201, 3-rail electric – £1150 – Please Note the Bassett Lowke Plinth is NOT included
Bassett 4-6-0 Loco & Tender BR Lined Green Rebuilt Royal Scot class ‘Royal Scot’ No.46100 in 3-rail electric – £1100

In the larger Gauge section, I have added a Bing for Bassett Lowke LNWR Cauliflower and a Bing 4-4-2 LBSCR Atlantic Tank loco both in clockwork.

Carette for Bassett Lowke Gauge 2 GWR Brake van – £145

Bing Gauge 1 4-4-0 GWR Loco & Tender ‘Express’ No.3410, Steamed just once in original card box, Near Mint – £2100
Bing Gauge 2 Clockwork 4-6-2 Tank loco LNWR lined Black No.2670, Excellent- £1295 – Now sold
Aster Gauge 1 4-4-0 Loco & Tender Schools Class in SR green, live steam – Near Mint to Mint unsteamed – £1450

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