The Trust was established in 1983 to keep the archives of the Leeds Model Company and R. F. Stedman & Company. Today the Trust provides a service of spares, repairs and technical advice to LMC enthusiasts and continues to promote interest in and appreciation of the products of The Leeds Model Company, founded by Rex Stedman in 1912, and which ceased to trade in 1967.
David K. Peacock, Co- proprietor, Trustee and Archivist
Marcus D. Peacock, Co-proprietor and Trustee
Reginald Frederick (Rex) Stedman
We are indebted to John Bulmer and BAE Systems for the following pictures from the Brough Heritage Department
These show Rex Stedman as he was during the war, a test pilot for Blackburn Aircraft. Rex is at the left hand side of the group celebrating the 1000th repair aircraft out of Sherburn-in-Elmet where Rex was based.
In the second picture Rex, (with flying helmet) with a group of engineers is about to test fly a Blackburn Botha, (an aircraft with a bad reputation for fatal accidents). Fortunately on this occasion all went well!"
Forty LMC locos for sale
The Trust has been asked to assist, and willingly does so, with the disposal of a substantial collection of more than 200 locomotives. Among these are no less than 40 LMC models, mainly series 1 and 2 standard tanks, the post 1945 standard 4-4-0s, a couple of G.C. 4-6-0 ‘Cities’ and surprisingly only three 0-4-0STs. These locomotives, some in original condition but most repainted and re-motored will be checked, and rectified where necessary by the Trust before being placed on our ‘For sale’ section of this website. Several have already been sold to customers on our ‘Wants list’ and to others quick off the mark to spot a model they want. With the locos are a few Bakelite coaches, wagons and vans and one or two litho coaches. If there is any LMC model you have been wanting – why not put in a request and we will see what is available for you.
The wanderer 'Woolloomooloo' returns!
Yes, after a spell of 86 years away in Australia the LNER K3, sent out with the Hordern Layout in 1928, is back in England! Unearthed in a junk shop in 2009 this Stedman built loco (Mansted Foundry 111) has come back for
restoration and return to its original outside third current collection and black livery. To the best of our knowledge Stedman and the LMC made only two models of the K3. One, now held in the Trust, for regular customer an potential re-financier Frederic Rush, the other for the Hordern family. Work is well in hand. The loco and tender bodies have been stripped and de-rusted, and in the case of the tender, substantially rebuilt with metal, removing heavily rusted tinplate and Plasticard repairs. The badly dented cylinders have been clad in .004” thick brass foil and look as new. The bogie and tender wheels have been restored, but the driving wheels are beyond recovery. For the present, and until a replacement set of cast iron drivers can be found, zinc alloy wheels will be fitted to get the model running again.
What lives both models have had! Can you imagine if they could speak.....
"Good morning 111, my word you look poorly, positively green around the
"Aw look mate I'm all mucked about inside too, but I'm reckoning on a fix and
then its back to work for me"
And so it will be. Once the restorations are done Woolloomooloo will return to Australia to rejoin the other Hordern locomotives and operate on the restored layout.
The Archive has grown!
in 2010 every model in the Trust archive was photographed by Norman Childs, and can be seen on this site (click o services then click Archives), and these pictures also feature on the CD which goes with the Centenary history book (see below).
Since that time, and through the generosity of several LMC and other model railway enthusiasts, we have acquired important locomotives and rolling stock to add to the archive collection. Among these are:
LMS Claughton from 1923; LMS large boilered Claughton from 1932; Series 1 standard tank 4-6-0 and
GWR 0-6-0PT 57XX.
Rolling stock in the Type B handbuilt wagon category includes the six wheel goods brake van, stores wagon, ballast wagon and horse box.Photographs of these additional items will soon appear in the archive section
of this website.
Apologies for the delay to the publication of these photographs. Our ‘ace’ photographer has not been available. Apologies too for these home made versions, but we will try and get the new additions covered over the coming weeks.
LMS ex LNWR Claughton, ‘Sir Gilbert Claughton’ made 1924, with clockwork or electric drive. Refitted with standard scale wheels and a modern motor in 2005
LMS ‘Large boilered’ Claughton, ‘Talisman’ Made in 1931, this model was never depicted and only mentioned as available in the 1932 catalogue.
'The Leeds Model Company 1912 -2012'
This book can only be obtained directly from the Leeds Stedman Trust. If you wish to obtain a copy please use the Contact page on this website. The book is priced at £19.95 per copy plus £2.55 post and packing.
The book (128 pages), with both colour and black and white illustrations and with 24 chapters and 19 appendices, covers every aspect of the company history and products. An accompanying DVD has two video programmes, 'The Leeds Stedman Trust' made for the Gauge 0 Guild by David Peacock and Jack Ray, and 'Augurswell and Great Blessingsby', the Trust layout, made by David Peacock and Chris Pettit. The disc also carries as a CD a high quality photograph of every locomotive and item of rolling stock held in the Trust archive
Reviewers have said…..
….nothing is missed out and it is written in an easy to read style, with plenty of pictures…. a much needed book by an expert on the subject. I strongly recommend it. Pat Hammond, Train Collectors Society
….a definitive history of the LMC ….a most welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in the history of model railways. ….excellent value too.
John Ingram, The Bassett Lowke Society
…well constructed and the illustrations are generally of high quality….there is much here to grab your interest….I ended up reading it cover to cover.
John Kneeshaw, The Gauge 0 Guild