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The Ted Watkinson Bassett Lowke / Exley and other Commercial manufacturers 0 Gauge Collection

 Ted Watkinson, had a life and interests that fell into three distinct parts.  Ted graduated from Worcester College Oxford with an engineering degree and his mechanical passions ran from motor cars and motor racing latterly to steam trains.

In the 1930s Ted was a “special friend” of MG motors and raced for them at a number of events culminating in him being a part of the MG team that won the Alpine Cup in 1934.  This was an immensely challenging endurance race and was one of the most prestigious events of its type on the European racing calendar.  In addition to racing Ted was a keen exponent of coach works and won several awards for his cars including his Alvis Speed 20 which is still owned by his grand daughter. 

Having originated from Yorkshire Ted eventually settled in Worcestershire where he purchased Tyre Hill Farm at Hanley Swan where he looked to apply modern technology to effect a model farm.  Ted’s passion was for Jersey cattle and he became the President of the Jersey Cattle Association. 

 It was at Tyre Hill that Ted indulged in his passion for model railways and it was here that his O gauge trains were set up in an extensive attic room that was strictly off limits to his only grandchild.

In latter life Ted was able to indulge his passion for steam trains and purchased a number of items of rolling stock including the Stanier Class Black 5 “5025”.  Ted was one of the driving forces in the early years of the Strathspey Railway.  Ted died in 1981 whilst working to restore his train.  On his death the rolling stock was bequeathed to the charity and Black 5025 is currently undergoing extensive restoration.

Vectis are pleased to offer the 0 Gauge Vintage Model Railway collection for sale at their monthly specialist railway sale in January 2021 here are a few of the items that will be in the sale