Well-known Aylesbury engineer on his way to building a model railway village in his garage

Clive Dell, owner of Dell Motor Services in Aylesbury, won the train at an auction held by the hospice reuse shop in Aston Clinton.

He paid substantial undisclosed fees for the set which includes around 15 trains, 60 cars and coaches, houses, pubs and a mine.

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Clive is said to be delighted that his hobby has helped a local hospice.

The money will be used to help treat patients with life-limiting conditions.

The train was donated to the store by a man who Mr Dell said carefully carried it around the store in three large loads. He says he believes it dates from the 1970s.

He said: “I’ve been buying model cars for three or four years and I’m in the very early stages of developing the plans to create the village – I’m so glad I bought the train from the hospice because much of it was handmade.”

The 59-year-old added: Whoever made it must have spent hours creating it.

Clive plans to create a fully realized village in his garage.

He plans for his village to have a church, wedding cars, a cemetery, tombstones, a curate at a funeral as well as trains and a coal mine.

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There will also be outbuildings, woods and mountains in the mini village.

Clive was delighted that his hobby had helped South Bucks Hospice.

He said: “I’m quite a charitable person and I think it was a really good idea to buy something that goes back to helping people who aren’t as lucky as others.”

Jackie Ward, CEO of South Bucks Hospice based in Kingswood Park in High Wycombe, said: ‘It’s wonderful that so much money can be made and so much fun can be felt through our charity reuse shops. I urge other members of the public to donate and purchase items they no longer want.”

She added: ‘Who knows, your discarded items could turn out to be someone else’s priceless gem – and could raise a lot of money to help our patients.’

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