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Thursday 13/06/2024

What a great day on Saturday 1st June at ‘The big BASSETT LOWKE/ TCS Function’ at Gaydon motor Museum, this was a great success with a super large Bassett lowke Layout in 0 Gauge as well as other gauges for the Trix / Triang  collectors/ runners and There was also a Gauge 3 layout and during the day a Streamline coronation with coaches Wow what a sight so the next event is Saturday 15th june at Alresford toy train fair at the Perrins school, I will be attending with a large selection of my current stock so come along and enjoy the day.

I am listing new items as they become available, I have listed some private owner van in really excellent or better condition, Rare SAR/SAS No.1 Loco & Tender has quickly sold, E420 boxed Eton and Tender, boxed ‘Palethorpes’ Private owner, I still have a super early LNER 0-4-0 Tank Loco in Near Mint no takers on this on at the moment which is very surprising in Near Mint condition, Boxes of tinplate Double clockwork Straights and Curves, No.2 Goods Depot  as well as other items still to be listed. I still have the  E220 Special ‘County of Bedford’ in Excellent/plus overall condition and others, many matching No.1 and 2 Passenger coaches. A good quantity of accessories, Stations, a rare ‘BRISTOL’ electric Island platform and station, 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 Hornby £12 post war wagons to a E220 rare electric Yorkshire at £1195, an excellent clockwork Eton boxed at £895 and many more items. Bassett lowke Winteringham wagons from £28 to a Bassett Lowke LMS 3-rail electric Duchess at £1250, Stanier Tank at £795 and also the black royal scot in electric at the same price £795……..many more items……………. so keep looking………

Post office parcel prices will increase in April, I have the new rate which I will add later this week. Current 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 = £18 insured to £750 and £28 insured to £2500. 1.0 -1.99 kilo = £13 and up to 1 kilo = £10, 1st class parcel signed for £6.00 (small parcel) Medium £8.00 – 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. 

CAN ANY ONE HELP……..I have been asked about this for some time but information to date including Post office personnel.

 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, any help would be appreciated.

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. I am aware that the website link was broken which did not allow customers to pay for items, I apologies, we are looking into what went wrong, and it has been sorted out so if you experience any issues please let me know. There has been a bank transfer 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 known 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 charge me 5.1% once the money hits the paypal account before any transfer to my Bank account. 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. I closed one of my Paypal accounts a few weeks ago because paypal held on to the money and would not allow the money to be transferred to my bank account so I had to return the payment to the sender.

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, pay by 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 of payment through the internet process. 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 live 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.

 I have been adding Bassett Lowke items including a quantity of Bassett Lowke or similar I have listed a 2-6-0 GWR 3-rail electric Mogul alas no tender, Clockwork BR Prince Charles’ 3-rail electric track, Straight, curves, points etc, we still have a Black electric Royal Scot,  Bassett Lowke Peckett Tank Loco in Clockwork which is still available, continuing to add Winteringham 1930’s wagons in LMS, GWR and SR all types including Open, Covered and Brake vans, I also have a number of Exley coaches. I will be listing some Marklin 0 Gauge coaches in the coming weeks so keep an eye on the site. On the larger Gauge front, I have nothing more to add. I have purchased some Triang Minic’s which I have added and they have been selling very quickly, still have some Dinky toys in the diecast section.

Collections of Hornby and Bassett Lowke are still coming in but much slower than last year I am afraid that some sellers expectations of value are well above my own in the last 4 to 6 weeks which makes it impossible to purchase some collections and I know of a few that are ‘making the rounds’, but not for me. I pride myself in offering the best quality available in the market place and I strive to try and keep to the quality level. Offers are being made on a weekly basis and I will add them to the site as time permits. 

My own layout is coming on very well with 2 ovals with inside engine shed area and a terminal station all fitted in, I am still having trouble with a few of the old mechs, 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. 

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 let me know I might be able to offer you the price you are looking for, we can also offer to sell your items on a commission basis (subject to agreement on the selling price) so give me a ring or email with details.

I do valuations for probate and insurance at competitive rates of £200 per day plus travelling expenses, I will also sell your items on commission at 10% subject to a minimum value. Any collections purchased (subject to the right quality) where a valuation has been paid will be fully refunded. Payment will be transferred direct to your bank account on collection so if you are thinking of selling a collection, require help in disposing of one then give me a call on 07979 910760 or email me at [email protected]

Here we have some Hornby and Bassett lowke locomotives (from left to right -top to bottom) 

1)Hornby 0-4-0 Tank Loco early 3-rail electric

2) Hornby E220 ‘County of Bedford’ 

3) Bassett Lowke Stanier Tank loco in 3-rail electric

4) Bassett Lowke ‘Flying Scotsman’


September 2024

Sandown Park Toy Fair - 7 September at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

My usual great selection of Hornby, Bassett Lowke, Milbro and other manufacturers Vintage Gauge 0 & 1 will be available, I look forward to seeing you there


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