Best wishes to all for 2013
Go to the Sales page to see further items from the large and varied collection of Pat Messer, who sadly died last year. We are steadily working our way through the dozens of boxes delivered to us, and checking and listing the contents. Look out for regular updates and on the Sales pages of the Gauge 0 Guild Newsletter, the Train Collector and Lowko News.
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!"
Something for everyone?
Do you need wheels, loco and tender, wagon and coach, fine and standard
scale, coach bogies, buffers motors, points and point motors, signals /signal
kits, etched brass and zinc coach kits, wagon axleguards, enamel station signs
(advertisements), catalogues, cars, vans and kits of these all 1/43 scale.
These and many other parts from a wide range of manufacturers come from the
collection of the late Pat Messer. Let us know what you want, or send a picture
or sample to match, we will shake the boxes and hopefully supply your needs.
The 84 years old Hordern Layout has its Open Day
Yes, the long awaited Open Day of the Hordern Layout finally arrived. At the end of October, some thirty enthusiasts travelled to southern Tasmania to be with Glyn Eden who for the past many years has laboured to restore the 84 year old layout. Shipped from the Leeds Model Company factory in 1928, the layout and all its stock was discarded by the Hordern family in the 1940's and all but lost to the world until 1985. This year marks the centenary of the LMC, and celebrating this with the Open Day was a great achievement.
All but two of the original locomotives and most of the original coaching and goods vehicles were assembled and ran. Model layouts are of course never finished, and the Hordern is no exception. The progress from near wreckage - the state in which the layout was found, to operating condition represents by far the greater part of the restoration. Glyn is to be congratulated for his enthusiasm and dedication, and we wish him all the best for the work remaining to complete the restoration.
The final show in the Leeds Model Company Centenary Year
was fittingly with The Leeds Model Railway Society over the last weekend in
October. The full archive was on display or running alongside on Maurice
Pilsworth's large twin track layout. Many visitors, most of whom were from
Leeds, had never heard of the LMC and were amazed by the range and quality of
the products on show. Ten more copies of the centenary book went to satisfy
those whose curiosity was heightened by what they saw. A well earned rest for
the locos and stock is now on the cards, as well as for all who provided
invaluable assistance in packing, carting, unpacking and operating the
collection at the eight venues visited through the year.
Particular thanks to David Ramsey (TCS) for the year long loan of his
display stand, without which our shows would not have been possible.
'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
NEW Southern Railway Coach lithographs. The original LMC lithograph masters were lost in the fire of 1932 and never reproduced. Now the Leeds Stedman Trust in collaboration with Bug Print, Tasmania, is pleased to offer litho sets for the 12 inch standard LMC coaches. The individual coach types have been re-mastered to be very close in appearence to the LMC originals, - the photo shows the mainline (corridor) coach and brake coach. Sets are also available for the suburban coacch and brake end. Priced at £10.00 per coach set, post extra, these new lithos are sure to please SR enthusiasts, or anyone wishing to renovate their 'tattered' old stock.