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Bassett-Lowke 3 1/4in gauge live steam Midland Compound Albion and 8-wheel tender circa 1904 Bassett-Lowke was a toy company, based in Northampton, England founded by Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke (1877 – 1953) in 1898 or 1899 that specialized in model railways, model boats and ships, and construction sets. During its history, Bassett-Lowke offered trains in all gauges up to 15" and in all modes of power (clockwork, steam, and electric). They were also well known for their ship models, some of which graced the board rooms of the largest steamship companies of the time.

W. J. Bassett-Lowke was the son of a boiler-maker and a governess. He left school at thirteen. He spent eighteen-months in an architect’s office, before joining his father in the family boiler making business. In his early years he was apprenticed to his father's engineering firm, J.T. Lowke & Sons. While he was interested in engineering models, his first love remained models of railway locomotives, and marine (boat) types. He took up the hobby of making model stationary steam engines. Realizing the impossibility for the ordinary enthusiast of purchasing small parts, which he had made in his father’s workshops, he soon began a small mail-order business. His father’s bookkeeper, H. F. R. Franklin, joined him in the project. Bassett-Lowke initially started as a mail-order catalogue business and primarily remained so, although it sometimes designed and even manufactured some of its own items. Helped by Percival Marshall, W.J. Bassett-Lowke assembled a formidable pool of talent for his new business. The first Catalogue was issued in 1899.

Bing for Basset-Lowke #440 Clockwork 4-4-0 steam locomotive SYDNEY 2B with triaxial tender and London and Northwest Railway Baggage Car In 1900, new types of low-pressure, slide-valve steam engines were introduced, along with the first gauge 1, high pressure steam locomotive. It was a model of a Lancashire & Yorkshire inside cylinder type. Bassett-Lowke had been inspired by a visit to the Paris Exhibition in 1900, where he made contact with German manufacturers, including Stephan Bing. He developed a plan and deal to purchase German made and styled model trains painted in British livery. These were initially mostly quite Germanic-looking models, Bassett-Lowke NE Wordsell 4-4-0 Steam loco & tender in 2½ gauge sometimes re-finished in British railway company livery, with B-L emphasizing that the models were "in correct colors", perhaps to divert attention from the less-than-correct body shapes. However, as the business grew, and B-L became a more and more important client, and supplied further designs and feedback, their German suppliers got to produce more and more faithful reproductions of British locos, carriages and wagons. The encounter with Stefan Bing at the Paris trade fair convinced both men that there was a market for new model trains based on British locomotives (as opposed to the "continental-only" designs initially being produced by German companies). W.J. then drew up a design based on the London and Northwest Railway 4-4-0 Black Prince locomotive, which Bing put into production as a live steam powered model. The success of this first locomotive encouraged W.J. to source more German-made locomotives and rolling stock, from Bing, Georges Carette and Märklin. Soon Bassett-Lowke began manufacture in Northampton at the 16-20 Saint Andrews Street factory. In 1901 low-pressure steam models of the famous London and Northwest Railway Black Prince locomotives in No. 3 (2½") gauge, were designed and produced by Bassett-Lowke. Mr. Henry Greenly was appointed Consulting Engineer and designer in the company. The Midland Railway version of the Black Prince #2631 was a staple in the early Bassett-Lowke Carette for Bassett-Lowke gauge III hand enamelled European outline live steam loco Lady of the Lake with 6 wheel tender and 2 coaches circa 1904 range of products up until the outbreak of World War I. The Black Prince became so successful that the company's future was secure. Soon, new models in gauge 2, 'O', and 1 gauge were added to the line.

At this time in history, miniature railways were made for wealthy individuals and for exhibitions and resorts. The skilled model maker E. W. Twining formed Twining Models Ltd., which produced high quality architectural models in partnership with Bassett-Lowke Ltd. Bassett-Lowke was primarily a sales organization, contracting out the manufacture of models and parts to other manufacturers, such as Twining Models, and Winteringham's. George Winteringham was a model engineer and draughtsman who had designed some mass-producible model railway track as a result of being dissatisfied with the tinplate track available at the time. Winteringham had invested in the equipment to make realistic drawn metal rails and cast "chairs" for his own use, and then advertised the excess material in Model Engineer magazine, where W.J. Bassett-Lowke noticed the advertisement and began to stock the track. W.J. used his persuasive powers to convince Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Gamages 4-2-2 Johnson Spinner #650 Clockwork in Midland Railway maroon George Winteringham to move to Northampton in 1902. He joined the company and ran a new Bassett-Lowke factory space, Winteringham Ltd., aided by engineer J. Mackenzie. George Winteringham was the Managing Director, in charge of design and special projects, and Scots engineer James Mackenzie was the Works Manager in charge of day-to-day production issues, with the new company having a factory building on St. Andrews Street. Subsequently in 1902, the first B-L scale-rail track was produced, though vast quantities of tubular tinplate track were also manufactured.

Winteringham became Bassett-Lowke Ltd.'s main general-purpose production site in Northampton, and although it was called upon to produce larger and more specialized pieces from time to time, its main function was to be B-L's "factory", producing model railway track and other "stock" items that wouldn't be appropriate for B-L's more specialized "artist's" model studios such as Twining Models. Bassett-Lowke did keep the manufacture of ship models for display purposes entirely in-house. Bassett-Lowke produced trains in a variety of sizes, from 15" gauge live steam models to gauge 2, gauge 1, and 'O' gauge.

Carette for Bassett-Lowke gauge III #1619 Smith Compound North Eastern Railway 4-4-0 and coach

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge 4-4-0 Loco and Tender Caledonian blue Dunalastair No.142, clockwork In Bassett-Lowke’s early days, the company commissioned a lot of its products from other manufacturers. Georges Carette struck up a working relationship with Bassett-Lowke to supply models designed for the British market. The German based Carette later also made a good deal of coaches and wagons for the English market. These were all very elegant and the reality was artistically interpreted. Around 1904 George Carette created a gauge 1 model locomotive for Bassett-Lowke called The Lady of the Lake. It was a simple, beautiful and a reliable example of workmanship from Germany. It was a Ramsbottom 2-2-2 configuration with oscillating cylinders and an externally fired boiler. This is commonly considered to be the first ever commercial semi-scale model mass-produced in the form of an actual prototype. Later came gauge II and III equivalents, the Claud Hamilton and the Smith Compound.

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Sir Alexander 4-4-0 Great Central Clockwork Loco made Ca. 1904-1910 Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Great Central Railway Passenger Coaches made Ca. 1904-1909

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Wainright SE&CR made 1913-1921 Originally Clockwork In 1904, through a special commission funded by the Great Central Railway of Britain, Bing produced a 1 gauge clockwork powered 4-4-0 Sir Alexander locomotive #1014 with a cream and brown coach for Bassett-Lowke to offer as a competition prize for its customers. This type of subsidy enabled Bassett-Lowke to promote a whole new product line and strengthen its partnership with Bing substantially. The model train was available both through Bassett-Lowke and from the Great Central Railway. During 1904, the first 15" gauge passenger trains, designed by Henry Greenly, were issued. Their first 15" gauge steam locomotive, test run on the Eaton Hall Railway in 1905 was the Little Giant. Unlike other engines on the line it was a replica of main-line locos, being built for a new public miniature railway at Blackpool. It was a quarter scale 4-4-2 Atlantic tender engine, though not an exact copy of any particular prototype. This engine still exists in private ownership. Also in 1904, a 3¼" gauge model of the Midland Railway 4-4-0 loco/tender, constructed entirely of castings went into production. The Sultan of Turkey ordered a complete model railway for his Palace in Constantinople. Not to be outdone, a special model of the latest type of Great Northern Railway locomotive was ordered by the Duke of Zaragoza, Spain.

Bassett-Lowke 2.5 inch gauge 4-4-2T Atlantic Tank live steam spirit burning loco with water-tube boiler and drywall firebox, Joy valve gear, third eccentric for water pump, 4-4-2 wheel arrangement In 1905, Bassett-Lowke products included the first mass-produced stationary steam engines, and 2 gauge Great Northern Atlantic type, high-pressured locomotives. Also this year, the first edition of the Model Railway Handbook, and the Bassett-Lowke catalogue, now divided into three sections, were published. Section A was for model railways and their equipment, Section B for engineering (engines, boilers, castings, and parts) and Section S for ships, yachts, boats, and fittings. In 1906, a 2 gauge scale model electric locomotive, a GNR prototype, with a single drive-wheel was introduced. A special model train done in silver, to be used on the dining table of the East Indian Maharajah of Gwalior, was built. In 1907, a special, universal type motor, usable for all gauges, up to 3½", bearing the 'Lowko' trademark, was added. A black clockwork gauge 1 model of an LNWR 4-4-0 Precursor locomotive #513, with red and gold lining was made by Bing for Bassett-Lowke in 1907.

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge 4-4-0 GWR County of Northampton Live Steam locomotive & 6-wheel Tender #3410 circa 1908 In 1908 Bing manufactured a green gauge 1 steam powered model of the old GWR County 3800 class 4-4-0 County of Northampton loco #3410 for Bassett-Lowke. The company began making ‘waterline’ ship models in 1908. These types of models, showing only the parts above the waterline, were used in wartime as training aids for the Navy and Air Force. Yachts were also made to sail on boating lakes. Large shipping companies commissioned models of their luxury liners to display in their offices. In 1908 Bassett-Lowke opened his first London shop at 257 High Holborn, moving to larger space at number 112 opposite the Holborn Station of the Piccadilly Tube in 1910. E.W. Hobbs, a well-known marine architect was tasked with running the new showroom. Shortly thereafter, Hobbs then proceeded to churn out a range of ship and boat designs for B-L, and introduced the company's waterline models range in 1913. Also in 1908, a special and elaborate electric model railway in gauge 2 was built for the LNW Railway exhibit in the Franco-British Exhibition at White City in London. Bassett-Lowke made great use of trade shows, not only displaying their own goods, but often supplying companies with models, too. Many 15” gauge railways were installed to carry visitors around exhibitions. Usually the displays were of smaller gauge models and large tabletop systems. However, mail order remained an important part of the business.

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge George the 5th 4-4-0 live steam locomotive, 6 wheel tender, London and Northwest Railway Baggage car and two coaches

Carette for Basset-Lowke Caledonian Railway Clockwork loco and tender in 'O' gauge circa 1910 By 1909, Bassett-Lowke was making model railways in all gauges, including 'O', 1, 2, 2½", 3½", 7¼" and 15" measurements. Retail showrooms were opened in Paris at 156 Rue de Rivoli, in Edinburg at 1 Frederick Street, and in Manchester at 28 Corporation Street. Head offices were established in Northampton on Kingswell Street. A green 0-4-4 clockwork gauge 1 model of the London and South Western Railway M7-Class tank locomotive #109 was made by Bing for Bassett Lowke in 1909. In 1910, the Caledonian Railway gave an order for 30,000 clockwork 'O' gauge models in ¼" scale. This became a sub-contract with Georges Carette to produce the well-finished lithographed tinplate models of a Caledonian Railway locomotive and West Coast carriage, which were sold as a marketing exercise in conjunction with the CR at bargain prices through stands at railway stations. This effort boosted the public's appetite for model railways. Also in 1910, the firm was incorporated as Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Clockwork LSWR 0-4-4 M7 Tank Locomotive first produced in 1911 a limited company and a new line of ship models and fittings were introduced. In 1911, many special model locos were shipped to different parts of the world. Another complete gauge 2 railway for electric operation was produced for the Glasgow (Scotland) Exhibition, where the Great Northern, North Eastern and North British Railway Companies had this combined display. Bing created a chunky green 0-4-4 clockwork 'O' gauge model of London and South Western Railway M7-Class tank locomotive #109, for Bassett Lowke in 1911.

Bassett-Lowke built Class 30 4-4-2 Synolda Steam Locomotive built 1912 from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway In 1912, the first European retail agency was opened in Paris, France. In 1912 W. J. Bassett-Lowke, Robert Proctor-Mitchell and John Wills set up Narrow Gauge Railways Ltd. (NGR) to promote and run 15-inch (380 mm) railways. An earlier company, Miniature Railways of Great Britain Ltd, went into voluntary liquidation in 1912. NGR's first railway opened in 1912 at Luna Park in the Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland. In Britain, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway was taken over by Bassett-Lowke, converted to 15-inch (380 mm) gauge and re-opened in 1915. The class 30 4-4-2 Live Steam Locomotive 'Synolda' which was built by Bassett-Lowke in 1912 is still running there today. The Fairbourne Railway followed in 1916. In 1913-14, a special, 9½" gauge model railway was installed at the Children's Welfare Exhibition, at Olympia. One of the primary suppliers of 2½" gauge (gauge 3) locomotives prior to 1913 was Carson & Co. (James Carson). Carson had built and supplied a 3 gauge #513 LNER 4-4-0 Precursor live steam locomotive and tender model to Bassett-Lowke in 1910. In 1913, Bassett-Lowke acquired all of Carson’s tooling and continued to make at least some of the Carson range for some time afterwards. This included the 4-6-0 'Experiment' live steam locomotive. Bassett-Lowke by Carson 2.5 inch (3 gauge) 4-6-0 Experiment Live Steam loco & tender circa 1910 The company produced its first architectural model in 1912, and in 1913 asked model aero engineer and artist Ernest Twining to continue this business, via establishment of Twining Models Ltd., a separate sub-contractor entity, not actually owned by Bassett-Lowke. In addition to creating the high quality glass-case models, which were often marketed under Bassett-Lowke's name, Twining also designed much of the company's distinctive Art Nouveau corporate artwork. In 1913 Bing issued a black 'O' gauge 0-6-0 clockwork model of LNWR locomotive #1269, with red lining, for Bassett-Lowke. These locomotives were popularly referred to as the "Cauliflower Class".

Bassett-Lowke 'Prince of Wales' Little Giant Class 20 Atlantic 4-4-2 live steam locomotive in 15 inch scale circa 1916

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge MR Deeley Clockwork Compound Locomotive #999 In 1914, Bassett-Lowke produced only the second Pacific 4-6-2 (of any size) to be built in Britain (the first was GWR 111 The Great Bear). This was the John Anthony, built for a private miniature railway at Staughton Manor. It was never delivered, but after storage at Eaton Hall during World War I, it was sold to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and renamed Colossus. It was scrapped in 1927. Previously the Ravenglass and Eskdale had purchased another Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 Atlantic, the Sans Pareil. In Bassett-Lowke Gauge 2 Great Central 4-6-2 clockwork J-class tank locomotive #160 smaller scales, the most popular models of the period 1899-1914 were the "Precursor" tank locomotive, George the Fifth, Sydney, Deeley Compound, GNR "Atlantic" and Sir Sam Fay. Bing made a green electric gauge 2 model of the Great Central Railway Class 9N 4-6-2 Tank locomotive #160 for Bassett-Lowke in 1914 just before the outbreak of the hostilities of war. Also in 1914, a brown clockwork 'O' gauge Midland Railway 4-4-0 990-Class locomotive, #999, was made for Bassett-Lowke. At this time the company size was 180 employees.

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 12 Volt DC electric LMS Euston-Watford Set powered 3rd class brake coach #1652, 3rd class coach 12 #6560, and 1st and 3rd class coach #3416

Bassett-Lowke Aspinal 4-6-0 steam loco & tender in 2½ gauge The outbreak of World War I ended B-L's ability to import German trains, and increased the focus on Winteringham and other UK suppliers. In the 1914-18 war Bassett-Lowke Ltd. made the gauges which tested the standard parts of guns for the Ministry of Munitions. In 1919, following the War, new mass production techniques were initiated in the enlarged plant facilities, devoted to the production of smaller-gauge models. Many models were made for documenting prototypes, and for historical displays in Museums. In 1920 a large quantity of model warships, airplanes, tanks, and highway vehicles were produced. The model ship business boomed as shipping lines rebuilt their fleets to make up for war losses, and wanted models of their newest builds, with B-L often being the default supplier. As a Frenchman living in Germany, Georges Carette had found that he could no longer operate his business, and B-L acquired the Carette tooling and designs and started to manufacture the equivalents of the earlier Carette pieces in-house in the UK. Under James Mackenzie's supervision, Winteringham's focus was now diverted to the manufacturing of completely mass-producible products and away from the individually-engineered pieces it had been making. This change was important since anti-German sentiment had effectively broken the stranglehold that B-L's suppliers Märklin and Bing had held on metal toy production. Winteringham's had taken possession of George Carette's machine tools and plans, and now model trains that had previously been made in Germany by Carette for Bassett-Lowke started to be made at Winteringham's, which also had to "pick up the slack" and start manufacturing locomotives that could replace the ranges previously made for B-L by Märklin and Bing.

In 1922, Bassett-Lowke introduced lithographed 'OO' gauge products from original Bassett-Lowke by Leeds 'O' ga G.W.R. Churchward 4-4-0 County locomotive 'County of Middlesex' clockwork from 1922 Bing designs. These were modeled after the prototypes of the big 4 railways of Britain. The company would also provide a complete custom-build railway service for those with necessary funds; one such layout survives in modified format at Bekonscot Model Village in England. In 1922 Bassett-Lowke contracted with the Leeds Model Company to produce two 'O' gauge locomotives - a Great Western Churchward 4-4-0 County and a Pickersgill Class 72 Caledonian 4-4-0. Also in 1922, branch offices were opened in Edinburgh, Scotland and New York City, NY.

Bing For Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge MR 4-4-0 Loco & Tender RN 1000 clockwork circa 1923 Bing did continue to supply Basset-Lowke with well-made models and in 1922 a brown electric gauge 1 London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 4-4-2 I2-class tank locomotive, numbered 11, was produced. An 'O' gauge version of this same Tank Loco was issued in 1915, and it to bore the LBSCR livery and #11. Also in 1922 a black electric gauge 1 model LNWR 4-4-2 "Precursor Tank" locomotive, with red lining, a crest and "L&NWR" on the tank sides, and numbered 44, was made by Bing for Bassett-Lowke. In 1923 Bing produced a 1 gauge two-tone green electric model of the Great Northern Railway's 0-6-2 N1 tank loco #190 with green wheels and red and black underworks for Bassett-Lowke. Live steam models were still being built as well. Bing for Bassett-Lowke spirit-fired steam 4-4-2 MR Tilbury Tank Locomotive #2178 in Gauge 1 A brown gauge 1 steam-powered model of the Midland Railway's 4-4-2 tank locomotive #2178, with a white sign-strip above the front buffers reading Tilbury was made by Bing for Bassett-Lowke circa 1926. Bing also manufactured a gauge 1 0-4-0 Standard Tank Locomotive numbered #112 in either electric, live steam or clockwork for Bassett-Lowke during the 1920's. The loco was numbered #112 as a reference to the address of the Bassett-Lowke shop located at 112 High Holborn, London. The '112' 0-4-0 Tank was available in six different railway company liveries, giving buyers a choice of black, red, green or thanks to the Caledonian Railway - blue. Later, an 'O' gauge version was also made. This combination of six different railway liveries, three drive types and two gauges meant that this locomotive was available in 36 different versions.

Bing for Bassett-Lowke #112 0-4-0 Tank Locos

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Clockwork 0-4-0 Midland Tank Loco #112 Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Live Steam Tank Loco #112 Bing for Bassett-Lowke #112 clockwork 'O' gauge L&SWR Class S14 0-4-0 Tank Loco circa 1921-29 Bing For Bassett-Lowke 1 Gauge CR Standard Tank Loco #112 Electric 3 Rail

Bbing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge SR King Arthur Class 2-6-0 Live Steam #736 In 1924 the smallest railway in the world was made for the Queen's Doll House; also several special ocean liners and a 2½" gauge model of Canadian Pacific styling were produced. In 1925, a 7¼" gauge passenger-carrying railway was built for the Wembley Exhibition, and called Treasure Island Railway. The late King George V and Queen Mary enjoyed a ride on this train. A 1¼" scale model of a Southern Railway King Arthur class locomotive was built for Sir Berkley Sheffield. A green gauge 1 steam-powered version of the "King Arthur" 4-6-0 N15-class locomotive ("Southern", number 453), was then mass produced by Bing for Bassett-Lowke, circa 1925. Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge 2-6-0 Stanier K1 class Mogul LNER #33 live steam In 1925, Bassett-Lowke celebrated a major milestone in the development of his company when he marketed his very successful range of 'O' gauge 2-6-0 locomotives. The Bassett-Lowke Moguls were a sign of what was to come from the company which hitherto had imported most of their models from Continental manufacturers. They initially introduced a Hughes design utilized by the LMS, a Gresley K3 for the LNER and a GWR class 43xx. These 2-6-0 locomotives were one of the most popular and successful products that Bassett-Lowke ever made. Moguls were produced for over 3 decades in clockwork, electric, and live-steam versions, but the steam ones are the most common. It was also offered in kit form at one time. The green 1 gauge electric and steam driven model versions of the Mogul 2-6-0 K1-class locomotive with six-wheel tender carrying LNER 33 markings was made in Northampton by Bassett-Lowke in 1927.

Bassett-Lowke Moguls

Bassett-Lowke 'O' Gauge Southern 2-6-0 Loco & Tender Mogul #864 Electric 3 Rail Bassett-Lowke 'O' Gauge Southern 2-6-0 Loco & Tender Mogul #866 3 rail electric Bassett-Lowke GWR Mogul 2-6-0 electric in 'O' gauge
Bassett-Lowke LNER #1864 Gresley Class 2-6-0 K3 Mogul Live Steam Locomotive & Tender Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Gresley Class 2-6-0 K3 Mogul 12 volt DC electric LNER Green Locomotive and Tender #33 Bassett-Lowke 2-6-0 LMS Mogul (Hughes) electric in 1 gauge
Bing for Bassett Lowke 'O' gauge Live Steam 2-6-0 LMS Mogul Locomotive and Tender #42980 Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge live steam 2-6-0 LMS Mogul #2945 Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge live steam Ex-LMS Stanier 2-6-0 mogul in black British Railway livery, limited edition of 500 made in 2000
Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge 12 volt DC SECR Maunsell 2-6-0 N class Mogul type locomotive and tender, finished in Austerity grey with #810 to tender sides, in the original black box, limited edition Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge 3-rail electric ex-Southern Railway N class 2-6-0 Mogul Locomotive and Tender, finished in British Rail lined black as #31407 with early crest Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge Southern green #1823 Maunsell N Class Mogul 2-6-0 locomotive and tender catalog number BL99054 Limited Edition

In 1926, a special 2" scale railway was made for the Bassett-Lowke LMS 4-6-0 Super Enterprise Live steam in 'O' gauge #5524 Maharajah of Jodhpur in India. A ½" scale model of an LMS 4-4-0 compound locomotive was built for Lord Louis Mountbatten. In 1928, several additional scale models in Bassett-Lowke Sherlock Holmes Metropolitan 1½" and 2" size were built, as well as a ¾" scale model of the Royal Scot was built for the LMS Railway. At this time, Winteringham's now Managing Director James McKenzie decided to step down and his assistant Robert Bindon Blood took over. Blood's initial projects included the first mass-produced 'O' gauge models of the Royal Scot and Flying Scotsman locomotives in 1929 for both clockwork or AC/DC operation. These were two of the most popular models ever made by Bassett-Lowke, and utilized 4-6-0 and 4-6-2 wheel arrangements respectively. Earlier locomotive models had been 0-4-0, 0-6-0, 4-4-0, 4-4-2 Atlantic types, along with the odd single-drivered 2-2-2, or 4-2-2 styles. By this point in its history, thousands of Bassett-Lowke models had been shipped around the world, most from Northampton. Bing and Märklin models were also stocked.

Bassett-Lowke Royal Scot Models
Bassett-Lowke LMS 4-6-0 gauge 1 Royal Scot steam loco & tender Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-6-0 Royal Scot Class 12 Volt DC Electric Locomotive and Tender in LMS Black Bassett-Lowke 2-6-0 Royal Scot clockwork engine & tender in 'O' gauge
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-6-0 LMS Royal Scot #6100 3 rail Electric in black livery Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-6-0 LMS Royal Scot #6100 3 rail Electric in maroon livery Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Black LMS Royal Scot #6100 clockwork Loco & Stanier Tender

Bassett-Lowke Flying Scotsman Models
Bassett-Lowke Flying Scotsman in British Railways blue circa 1950's 'O' Gauge 4-6-2 #60103 3 Rail Electric Bassett-Lowke Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 Electric Loco & tender in 'O' gauge Bassett-Lowke Flying Scotsman 4-6-0 Steam Loco & tender in 2½ gauge
Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge 4-6-2 Loco and Tender LNER green Flying Scotsman #4472 3-rail electric Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge #60103 Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 Electric Locomotive & Tender Circa 1950's Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge 4-6-0 Flying Scotsman Live Steam Loco and 8-wheel Tender circa 1925-1935
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge A3 Pacific Class Brass Edition Flying Scotsman Electric

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 1931 Series LMS Royal Mail TPO Coach From 1930 to 1933, Bassett-Lowke received and filled an order from the Great Western Railway for a highly detailed ¾" scale model of their King George V locomotive. A huge model of the 'Empress of Britain', 21' long also was produced. The regular lines of 'O' and 1 gauge steam locomotives were enlarged to include five types in 'O' gauge, and an equal number in 1 gauge. These came in the liveries of the English 'Big 4' LMS, GWR, SR, and LNER Railway Companies. In 1939 a special 2½" scale, and a 10¼" gauge model of the 'Royal Scot' was produced for Lord Downshire. Previously, the largest such miniature had been one for 7¼" gauge operation. Other scale models Bassett-Lowke 7¼ inch gauge George the Fifth 4-4-0 Live Steam circa 1930's built by Bassett-Lowke in the 1930's included a 7¼" scale model of the underground railway system, for the London Passenger Transport Board, a 1½" scale model of the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line in 1824 - the Robert Stephenson & Co. Locomotion No.1, ½" scale models of the French Normandie and the British Queen Mary ocean liners, and a miniature Graf Zeppelin. During this period the Edward Exley Ltd. company supplied Bassett-Lowke with models. This included the finely detailed Exley 'O' gauge coaches, which Bassett-Lowke marketed as their own ‘scale range’.

Bassett-Lowke 1:16 scale Rhodesian Railways Beyer-Garratt articulated locomotive circa 1939

A 1:16 scale electrified display model of the Rhodesian Railways 4-6-4 + 4-6-4 Beyer-Garratt locomotive #272 was built circa 1939 by Bassett-Lowke through a commission from British locomotive builder Beyer-Peacock for the directors of Rhodesian Railways. The model was complete with finely machined motion and running gear, full scale cab and back head fittings, fine pipework and external boiler fittings, lamps, running board mounted jacks, buck-eye couplings etc., finished in RR black livery, sitting on a show track display base. The model was completed but not shipped due to the outbreak of World War II. It was subsequently sent to Beyer-Peacock's valve making subsidiary, Richard Garrett at Leiston, Suffolk, where it was displayed until 1978, and later sold at a Christies auction.

Bassett-Lowke 6-coupled Tank engines
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 0-6-0 Black #5374 Clockwork Tank Locomotive Bassett-Lowke #4560 Great Western 2-6-2 Tank live steam Hunt for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 3 rail electric 2-6-2 Prairie Tank Locomotive #6102 in GWR green livery Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 12volt DC 3 Rail Electric 0-6-0 Standard Tank Locomotive #68211 in British Rail black livery
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 78 LMS 0-6-0 steam tank locomotive Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 2-6-2 12 volt DC electric 2-6-2 Tank Locomotive #94 in LMS livery Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 3-rail Electric 2-6-4 Fowler Tank Locomotive #2606 in LMS Black Livery Bing for Bassett-Lowke Gauge II 0-6-2 GNR Condensing Tank engine
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 12v DC 0-6-0 Standard Tank Locomotive #5374 Bassett-Lowke 0-6-0 Tank Steam loco in 2½ gauge Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 3-rail electric British Railways 2-6-4 Stanier Tank Bassett-Lowke 2.5 inch gauge Live Steam Spirit Fired 0-6-4 Tank

Bassett-Lowke 4-coupled Tank engines
Bing for Bassett-Lowke Clockwork 'O' gauge London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 4-4-2 I-3 class Tank locomotive, in original D. E. Marsh’s Umber livery as LBSCR #11 circa 1915 Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge clockwork L&NWR 4-4-2 Precursor Tank RN 44 Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 Tank locomotive in Midland & Great Northern mustard livery
Bing for Bassett-Lowke gauge 1 NER 0-4-4 Passenger Tank engine #441 Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge London & SouthWest Railroad 0-4-4 Clockwork M7 Tank engine #109 Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-4-2 Precursor Tank 12 Volt electric DC Locomotive #6810 in LMS Maroon livery Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-4-0 L&NWR Precursor Tank Loco #6611 live steam
Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge GWR 2-4-2 Birdcage Tank RN 3611 Clockwork circa 1911-13 Bassett-Lowke by Marklin 'O' gauge Short Precursor 4-4-0 Tank Loco LMS black, 3-rail Electric Bassett-Lowke by Marklin 'O' gauge 4-4-2 LNWR Tank Loco No.44 3-rail Electric Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge 4-4-2 Tank Loco LB & SCR #11 3-rail Electric
Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Caledonian Railway live steam 0-4-0 #518 Tank Loco Bassett-Lowke #88 LNER 0-4-0 Tank electric in 'O' gauge Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge 0-4-0 Peckett Industrial Saddle Tank Locomotive 'Wenman' for 2 or 3 rail electric Bassett-Lowke By Corgi 'O' gauge 0-4-0 Peckett Industrial Saddle Tank Locomotive 'Joseph' for 2 or 3 rail electric Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 0-4-0 Tank loco #3 Electric Powered Carette for Bassett-Lowke #1017 clockwork 'O' gauge L&SWR Class S14 0-4-0 Tank Loco circa 1921-29

In the 1930's, Bassett-Lowke distributed 'OO' gauge Trix models in the United Kingdom under the brand name 'Twin Train Table Railway'. This was Bassett-Lowke's second foray into 'OO' gauge products, having previously carried the slightly experimental Bing Tabletop Railway range starting in 1922. Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Wood Varnished Newspaper Kiosk with cardboard cut out woman passenger Once again this would be a collaboration with Stefan Bing in the design and manufacture of this next-generation 'OO' range, as Trix Limited was Stephan Bing's company, formed after his departure from Bing Werke in 1928. The 1935 Trix Express range had Stefan Bing organizing the manufacture of the mechanisms and German body shapes, in Germany, and B-L designing and building the UK-styled bodyshells, at Winteringham. They initially used German outline models painted in British colors, but from 1937 onwards they made and sold relatively crude models of British Bassett-Lowke wooden engine shed with tinplate advertising signs locomotives and rolling stock. This included Flying Scotsman, Princess Elizabeth, Coronation Scot, Hunt and Schools Classes, and the LMS compound types. The new system cleverly exploited three-rail track to allow independent control of two locomotives running on the same track at the same time. The two outer rails were used as separate independent power feeds, and the centre rail served as the common AC supply. When the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany made conditions intolerable for Stefan Bing to remain there, W. J. Bassett-Lowke helped Stefan and his partner Siegfried Kahn to move to the UK. Bing & Kahn had previously formed a company in the UK to make construction sets. W. J. persuaded them to now start manufacturing Trix Twin Railways at the Winteringham Ltd. site. The product lines of Trix Limited and the original German Trix company then diverged, with the German made trains continuing to be sold under the name Trix Express. The TTR range seems to have been a cause of friendly tension between Stefan and W.J. Bassett-Lowke, with both men trying to put their own mark on the range. Trix included ideas and designs from both Trix Limited and Bassett-Lowke personnel, and for a while there appeared to be some internal competition about naming. A catalogue from 1937 shows the TTR logo and name on almost every page inside the catalogue, but the catalogue's cover instead announces "The Bassett-Lowke Twin Train Table Railway". This marked an odd period for TTR, with Stefan Bing being firm that this was his Trix system, and W.J. advertising the sets as "Designed by Bassett-Lowke", apparently removing the Trix name wherever possible, and helpfully explaining that "TTR" stood for "Twin Train Table Railway" (TTTR!). Stefan Bing began distributing production around to a number of other factories Bassett-Lowke Wood 24 to avoid concentrating too much power in the Northampton factory that was subject to influence by B-L. As a result, some trains show signs of having been painted with the Trix name, and then overpainted with the B-L version of the TTR name. Bassett-Lowke promoted the TTR range quite heavily in advertising and in their catalogues (as "theirs"), and in late 1939, their three-circle adverts promoting their three main "consumer" businesses - model ships, 'O' gauge trains and larger-gauge railways - gained a fourth circle for the 'OO' gauge Trix range. In addition to the ships, 'OO' gauge trains, 'O' gauge trains, 1 gauge and larger trains/railways, B-L catalogues now also carried accessories, sets of castings and plans to build your own locomotives and ships, static steam engines (from Stuart Turner and German companies), and a selected range of items from other manufacturers, such as the Anchor Blocks company's metal construction system, and Structo kit cars.

Bassett-Lowke Atlantic 4-4-2 Locomotives
Bassett-Lowke gauge 1 Great Northern Railway 4-4-2 Atlantic #251 Live Steam locomotive & tender Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Atlantic 4-4-2 Electric Model Loco and 6-wheel tender circa 1926 – 1928 Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Ivatt 4-4-2 Atlantic #1442 Live Steam Loco with 6-wheel Tender

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 12v DC LNER B17 4-6-0 Locomotive and Tender No 2848 Arsenal In 1936 Bassett-Lowke manufactured an 'O' gauge model of the LNER 4-6-0 B17 Sandringham class 'Arsenal' locomotive running #2848. This locomotive's prototype was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. 2848 was the first of a number of B17 loco's to be named after British football (soccer) clubs and included a football on the nameplate. The Sandringham class 4-6-0 locos were initially named after well known estates of the LNER system, but the second series were named after well known football teams with each engine carrying the club's colors and a replica ball on the driving splasher. The Bassett-Lowke model featured frame and body construction using Welsh tinned steel plate. It was available in clockwork, DC electric and AC electric versions.

In the late 1930’s Bassett-Lowke sold a small number of Stanier type tank locomotives with bodies that were made by Märklin. Today these models are very hard to come by. In 1937-1938, Bassett-Lowke released an 'O' gauge model of the Great Western Railway's King George V. The locomotive body and the tender were also manufactured by Märklin, while the motor and wheels were made by Bassett-Lowke, Ltd. The Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge L&NWR Post Office mail van Bassett-Lowke Northampton shops followed up by making several improved 'O' gauge models, including the Princess Royal, Princess Elizabeth, LNER Silver Link, LMS Coronation Scot, GWR's 2-6-2 tank loco, LMS' 2-6-4 tank, and a Victory 4-6-0, LNER 4-6-0 Melton Hall, and an improved Royal Scot, with smoke deflectors and a high-side 4,OOO-gallon tender. All locos were available in clockwork, or as AC/DC electric powered models. These trains were made from soldered sheet metal, a distinct feature of the company since they began. The locomotive frames as well as the bodies utilized steel plate. All locomotive and tender wheels were made of turned cast iron. The center driving wheels on six-coupled locomotives always came without flanges to facilitate better negotiation of narrower radius track curves. Clockwork mechanisms featured a pattern controlled governor, reversing mechanism and hand brake. The brake could be activated from the cab or from the track. DC electric powered locomotives featured a spur-driven permanent magnet motor with a tripolar armature and a bronze commutator, wound to run on 8-10 volts. The AC electric locomotives featured a motor rated at 20 volts with tripolar armature, and a cab- accessed reversing mechanism/lever. Trains were hand enamel painted, hand lined, hand numbered and lettered and finished in prototypical livery colors and schemes.

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Coronation 4-6-2 Streamlined Pacific Clockwork Locomotive and Tender in LMS Blue Bassett-Lowke’s model of the bullet-nosed Pacific locomotive and tender, ‘The Coronation’, ranks among the rarest of all British toy trains. They produced their 'O' gauge model of Coronation in 1937, as #6220, and it prominently appeared on the cover of their 'O' gauge catalogues for 1937/38 in blue, and in 1939 the Duchess of Gloucester locomotive #6225 in maroon and gold graced the cover. This model was also heavily promoted in those years' advertising materials as their new "flagship" piece. These locomotive models were handmade and hand-finished and hand-painted, including all the lettering. They also had factory numbers stamped into or scratched into their undersides, presumably so that the builders could work on a few items at a time, and not confuse which parts had been hand-tailored to fit which locos. It is believed that only around thirty of these locomotives were made. The maroon and gold-striped 'O' gauge model of the streamlined, bullet-nosed 4-6-2 "Pacific" Coronation/Duchess class LMS "Duchess of Gloucester" prototype locomotive #6225, was designed by Sir William Arthur Stanier, who was Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway in the 1930's. The actual locomotive was famous in Britain for pulling the Art Deco styled bullet-train Coronation Scot from 1937 to 1939. Basset-Lowke recreated this nine-car Coronation Scot streamlined train in 'O' gauge in Caledonian Railway livery blue with silver streamlining-stripes along the full 14 foot length, using carriages built by Exley for Bassett-Lowke. Only very rarely does one of the Basset-Lowke built Coronation models ever turn up for sale or at an auction. Thornaby toy specialists Vectis sold three different examples in 2000 for £8500 each and another in 2006 for £5800. Wellers in Chertsey auctioned an original one in good condition for £7800 in February 2013. Most of the surviving Coronation class models have been professionally restored.

Bassett-Lowke 4-6-0 Castle & King Class Locomotive Models
Hunt for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 12 Volt DC Electric GWR 4-6-0 'King John' Locomotive & Tender Bassett-Lowke 4-6-0 GWR Spitfire 'O' gauge electric Bassett-Lowke by Victor Reader- 'O' gauge 12 volt DC Electric Great Western 4-6-0 Castle Class Locomotive and Tender Spitfire
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LMS #5701 electric 4-6-0 locomotive Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' Gauge modern issue Loco and Tender Queens Westminster Rifleman LMS black #6162, 3-Rail Electric No.195 of a limited production Bassett-Lowke Märklin bodied 'O' gauge Impregnable 12 volt DC Electric 4-6-0 5XP Locomotive and Tender in LMS Maroon livery
Bassett-Lowke Post War 'O' gauge 4-6-0 Black Five 12 Volt DC electric Locomotive and Tender #45126 in British Railways livery Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Black Five 12 Volt DC Electric 4-6-0 Locomotive and Tender in LMS livery

Bassett-Lowke LNER 02 2-8-0, prototype model not put into production, 1950's Around 1940 Trix Ltd. took control of Winteringham Ltd. and the name was changed to Precision Models. During the 1939-45 war a great variety of work was done by Bassett-Lowke to support the war effort. Many projects were of a highly critical, secret nature. A method of training for aircraft recognition using mirrors was devised. They produced training models of the sectional Inglis and later Bailey bridges. Perhaps the most important construction of this nature was the model of the floating Mulberry harbour, which was used to land troops in Normandy in 1944. Bassett-Lowke spent World War II producing lots of models as the war effort required new recruits to be trained as quickly as possible, and it was now recognised that models of ships and aircraft made it easier to train recruits in how to identify friendly and enemy aircraft and ships, or to find their way around ships or technical equipment. Bassett-Lowke models were used to plan the D-Day landings, and to train operators to assemble the Mulberry Harbors and other new equipment. Bassett-Lowke did continue to sell locomotive models from remaining pre-war production stock.

Bassett-Lowke Freight Wagons
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Wooden GW Covered Van Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LMS brakevan & coal wagon Bassett-Lowke Model Engineers wagon Bassett-Lowke Tinplate 7 Plank Coal Wagon N.E 'O' gauge Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge NE Flatrol Bassett Lowke Ltd Boiler Makers Wagon Bassett-Lowke LM Freight cars 'O' gauge #730273 box car, 2 #91375 box cars, #36721 open gondola Carette for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge London and Northwest Railway 10 Ton Open Wagon #1346-0 Carette for Bassett-Lowke Guards Brake Van Bassett-Lowke United Dairies milk tank wagon
Carette for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Fruit & Milk Van Bassett-Lowke cement carrier Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Mobiloil Tank Wagon Carette for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge Coleman’s Mustard Van circa 1910-1915 and a Bassett-Lowke wooden paper litho Midland Railway open goods wagon circa 1923 Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge wooden NE open wagon Bassett-Lowke high sided open wagon 'Hochbordwagen'

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LMS Duchess of Montrose 4-6-2 loco & tender #6232 in 3 Rail Electric In the post-war period of 1946-1965, train production at Bassett-Lowke was resumed, but only in 'O' gauge. Other larger gauges were discontinued and the resale of the Trix 'OO' products was ended. Prices were raised, as labor and material costs rose following the war. However, some fine models such as the LMS 4-6-2 Duchess of Montrose, and GWR 4-6-0 Pendennis Castle were produced by B-L during this era.

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-6-0 Loco and Tender LNER green Flying Fox No.4472, Clockwork Business trailed off in the late 1950's and even more so in the 1960's. Bassett-Lowke's fall was mirrored by two of its U.S. counterparts, the A. C. Gilbert Company and Lionel Corporation. Bassett-Lowke's decline starting in the late 1950's can be blamed on at least two factors: Sometimes people would browse the firm's free catalogue and then buy similar or nearly identical items elsewhere at a lower price, but also consumer interest in technical toys in general began to decline in the hobby market.

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Empire of India Electric 4-6-2 Streamlined A4 Pacific Locomotive and Tender in LNER Blue 	livery After W.J.’s death in 1953 the company continued to make high-quality ship and industrial models. However, the 1960's were also to bring their problems, and in 1964 the company ceased its retail sales and sold its shops, including the famous one at High Holborn in London, to Beatties. The original Bassett-Lowke went out of business in 1965. The Bassett-Lowke and Franklin families sold their shares in 1967.

Hunt for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 3-rail Electric 'Stanier 8F' 2-8-0 locomotive #48377, with six wheel tender in BR black livery In 1966 the company was acquired by Messrs. Riley and Derry. An effort was made to revive the model railway business around 1969 by Ivan Rutherford Scott, Allen L. Levy and Roland H. Fuller. In the late 1980's Nigel Turner, a Northampton businessman bought the business and the company was based next to his business of Turner's Musical Merry-Go-Round, near Wootton, Northampton. In 1993 the name was revived for a while with short-run white metal models. These included a Burrell Type Traction Engine, Clayton Undertype Steam Wagon, Burrell Type Steam Roller, and London 'B' Type bus.

Bassett-Lowke 4-6-2 Pacific Class Locomotive Models
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Duchess of Montrose 4-6-2 Pacific 12 volt DC electric Locomotive and Tender in British Rail Blue Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge BR 4-6-2 Loco & Tender green Duchess of Montrose #46232, 3-rail 12v DC Electric Bassett-Lowke 'O' Gauge 4-6-2 Loco and Tender LMS maroon 'Duchess of Sutherland' #6233, 3-rail Electric
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 4-6-2 12 Volt electric Turbomotive Locomotive and Tender in LMS Maroon Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge modern issue Princess Class Pacific Locomotive 4-6-2 Loco and Tender BR green Princess Royal #46200, 3-Rail Electric number 249 of a limited number of 350 produced Bassett-Lowke BL99006 LMS Princess class Pacific No.6201 Princess Elizabeth in LMS maroon
Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 Princess Helena Victoria BR maroon No.46208, 2-Rail Electric. No.40 of a limited production Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' Gauge 4-6-2 Loco and Tender British Railways black Princess Victoria #46205, 3-rail Electric. This is a limited production No.6 of 200 Bassett-Lowke By Corgi 'O' gauge 4-6-2 Princess Class Pacific Locomotive Lady Patricia #6210 LMS Black Livery Limited Edition of just 200 made
Bassett-Lowke By Corgi 'O' gauge 4-6-2 A3 class pacific #60052 Prince Palatine in British Rail Experimental Blue, early crest. Special Edition of 50 Bassett-Lowke by Corgi 'O' gauge LNER green #2751 Humorist A3 Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive and tender catalog #99018/0

Bassett-Lowke British Railways 'O' gauge 4-6-2 Britannia #7000 12 volt DC electric circa 1950's The brand name was acquired by Corgi in 1996. This acquisition now enabled Corgi to link their car model and toy company with live steam, clockwork and electric 'O' gauge trains. Manufacturing was moved from Northampton to Leicester England. Corgi re-launched the railway locomotive products in 1999 to commemorate the original company's 100th year. Under the Bassett-Lowke brand name, Corgi continued to produce a range of 'O' gauge locomotives that were individually made from sheet metal using soldered construction and that reflected those made in a bygone era. The company produced a limited number of each livery style and moved onto the next item in a planned sequence. Every limited edition model was individually numbered and fitted with a commemorative engraved brass plate. Company literature stated that "Those involved in the production of Bassett-Lowke trains have a passion and knowledge of trains and their aim is to produce a good value and quality product". These products were made with wheel standards that facilitated reliable running on most commercially available 'O' gauge track systems. The recommended smallest radius being 36". Locomotives were manufactured in either spirit fired live steam or electric motor powered. They featured realistic detail, including sprung buffers and operating headlights. The live steam locomotives had operating whistles. The electric powered locos were fitted with a smoke generator which meant that with a few drops of smoke oil down the chimney the loco would produce what looked like steam from the smokestack. All electric locos ran on 12 to 14 volts DC and were switchable between 2 and 3 rail operation. An interesting side note to the Corgi aspect of Bassett-Lowke - in the mid-1930's, W.J had provided Philip Ullmann and Arthur Katz, 2 refugees from the Nazi regime in Germany, with space at the Winteringham factory facilities. Ulmann and Katz had worked at Tipp & Co. in Germany and were experienced in simple metal toy production. They soon established Mettoy in the UK, with their initial manufacturing space established for them in the Winteringham plant. Mettoy eventually established themselves in the production of die-cast model cars, in a new factory, under the Corgi name.

Bassett-Lowke 4-4-0 Compound Locomotive Models
Bassett-Lowke LMS Compound clockwork 4-4-0 circa 1950's Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LMS Compound 4-4-0 Loco & 6-wheel Tender #1108 Electric 3 Rail 12v DC
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge 12v DC 2-rail Electric LMS Maroon 4-4-0 Compound Locomotive and Tender #1000 Bing for Bassett-Lowke gauge 1 4-4-0 Compound clockwork loco and 6-wheel tender circa 1921-1930 Bassett-Lowke 'O' Gauge 4-4-0 BR Compound Locomotive #41109 3-rail electric

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Patriot Class 4-6-0 BR #45534 E. Tootal Broadhurst BL99041 Key competitors to Bassett-Lowke were Hornby and Exley. Hornby acquired Bassett-Lowke when it purchased Corgi in 2008. With that acquisition, Hornby added to its ownership of a group of historic European model railroad firms that now included Bassett-Lowke, Electrotren, Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, and Arnold. Production for all firms, except Bassett-Lowke, was moved to China. Hornby has plans for future development of Bassett-Lowke products but no public announcements have been made. For a brief period Bassett-Lowke tinplate freight cars and class 20 diesel locos were being made by ETS in the Czech Republic. Bassett-Lowke By Corgi 'O' gauge 0-6-0 J39 class locomotive 64744 BR Black Livery with Late Crest Limited Edition of 130 made A few new Bassett-Lowke models appeared in the Hornby catalogs starting in 2009, but these were remaining Corgi stock. Offerings included a small Peckett 0-4-0T industrial steam tank loco produced in two versions, one named “Wenman” and one named “Joseph” in honor of Wenman J. Bassett-Lowke. Also produced of heavy sheet-metal construction were 2 Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge steam outline locomotives in limited runs. They were a class J39 0-6-0 with a 6-wheel tender in a British Railways paint scheme, and a Patriot Class 4-6-0 in British Rail green named “E. Tootal Broadhurst”. The very small production runs were 130 and 180 units respectively.

Bassett-Lowke Passenger Coaches

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LNER 3rd Class Brake Coach in Teak #603 Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LNER Teak Style All 1st Passenger Coach #1235N Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LNER Teak 3rd class coach Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LNER Teak 3rd class Brake coach
Bassett-Lowke LNER 'O' gauge teak 1st Class Pullman car #36232 Bing for Bassett-Lowke Gauge 1 LNER Passenger Coach, 1234N, 3rd Baggage circa 1920 Bassett-Lowke 1916 model in LNER livery, brake third coach Carette for Bassett-Lowke LMS 12-wheel Dining Car #13210
Bassett-Lowke LMS 'O' gauge #2784 first class passenger coach Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LMS #9343 3rd class Passenger Coach Carette for Bassett-Lowke gauge 1 1924 travelling post office Bassett-Lowke LMS #10153 1st and 3rd class coach
Bing for Bassett-Lowke GWR All 3rd Class Passenger Coach Bassett-Lowke Great Western Railway 'O' gauge 3rd class Coach Bassett Lowke 'O' gauge 1931 series GWR all 1st Coach Bassett-Lowke GWR 'O' gauge Great Western Railway 3rd class Brake End Coach
Bassett-Lowke GWR 1st class Passenger coach Bing for Bassett-Lowke GWR 1921 Series #3251 3rd Brake Coach No. 64 in 'O' gauge Bassett-Lowke British Rail 'O' gauge 3rd class Saloon coach Bassett-Lowke British Rail 'O' gauge 3rd class Breakend coach
Bing for Bassett Lowke London and Northwest Railway Baggage Car Bassett-Lowke 1921 Series London and Northwest Railway Brake Third class Bogie Coach Bing for Bassett-Lowke London and Northwest Railway passenger coach Carette for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge London and Northwest Railway first-third coach
Carette for Bassett-Lowke 1 gauge GNR luggage van Bing for Bassett-Lowke Midland Railway eight wheel 1st class passenger coach Bassett-Lowke Great Northern Railway Teak 3rd class coach in 1 gauge Carette For Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge London and Northwest Railway 12-Wheeled Dining Coach, #13210

Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge LMS Black 0-6-0 Class J39 Standard Goods Loco & Tender #4755 Electric powered for 3 Rail 12-14 volt DC operation Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke was the son of Joseph Tom Lowke. Tom Lowke’s stepfather, Absalom Bassett, had established a boiler making business in Kingswell Street, Northampton, in 1859. Tom Lowke continued the business, and when he married he gave his two sons, Wenman and Harold, the middle name of ‘Bassett’ in honor of his stepfather. W. J. himself married Florence Jane Jones, the daughter of Charles Jones, one of the founders of the Crockett and Jones shoe manufactory, still in business today. W. J. Bassett-Lowke was an early member of the Design and Industries Association, established in 1915 to encourage good design in all aspects of manufacture. Bassett-Lowke was very interested in travel, in planes, ships and trains. He was also intrigued by ingenious gadgets, and delighted in the mechanical toys that he bought on his frequent trips to the European continent in his younger days. Although Bassett-Lowke left school at thirteen, he absorbed many new ideas from his travelling and contact with people from all walks of life. He went on fact-finding missions to Germany and Holland. He was also keen to ensure that the outside world Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge British Railways Class 20 Diesel Loco Electric appreciated the benefits of Northampton. In 1932, he was instrumental in producing a film showing Northampton’s history and current attractions. Despite his incessant travel, Bassett-Lowke never thought of leaving Northampton. He was a member of many societies, including the Rotary Club, of which he was a founder. W. J. Bassett-Lowke took a keen interest in the affairs of his native town. He served 22 years on the Town Council, to which he was first elected in 1930. His work on the Council gave him great opportunity to influence the future of Northampton. He was also a founder Director of the Northampton Repertory Theatre in 1926. At the time of his death on October 21, 1953 he was 76 years old.

Because of the premium nature and quality construction methods utilized in Bassett-Lowke's toy train models, they tended to be well preserved, and many examples of older product survive today. They are highly collectible and sell for high prices at auctions. In 2011 a Bassett-Lowke 12v DC electric powered LNER ‘Silver Link’ sold at auction for £11,000.

Bassett-Lowke Miscellaneous Motive Power
Bassett-Lowke Enterprise steam in 'O' gauge Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge, LNER, Ivatt Express, 4-4-0 Loco & Six-Wheeled Tender, RN 4390, Clockwork 1927-30 Bing for Bassett-Lowke 4-4-0 LMS live steam locomotive & 6-wheel tender
Bing for Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Clockwork LMS Maroon 4-4-0 George The Fifth Locomotive and Tender #5320 Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge Clockwork LMS 4-4-0 #1927 Duke of York Loco & Tender Bassett-Lowke Catalog #3313/0 'O' gauge clockwork 'Prince Charles' Locomotive and Tender in British Rail blue
Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge CR 4-4-0 Loco & Tender Dunalastair #142 Electric 3 Rail Bassett-Lowke 'O' gauge clockwork Princess Elizabeth loco and tender Bassett-Lowke Märklin bodied 'O' gauge Merchant Taylors 12 volt DC Electric Southern 4-4-0 Schools Class Locomotive and Tender

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