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
A new arrival
Well, not that new, in fact a model dating back to 1929! But which model? For many years we have been looking for a model of the GWR 2-6-2T Prairie tank. A good friend who has one of the few made in the late 1950s has let us borrow his model to display with the other archive locomotives, but we have continued the search. The 1950s series were outworked, as were other locos at the time, and several different professional and semi-professional builders were used in their manufacture. Other ‘new’ models produced around the same time and listed in the slender catalogues of 1957 and 1959 were the LMS ‘Jubilee’, an LMS ‘Princess’ and the GWR 57XX 0-6-0PT .
Back to the present time and the arrival of a Prairie, yes, but this one built in 1929. The Leeds Model Co. probably in response to a specific order produced a working drawing (LO/719) of the loco , which was signed off by Rex Stedman on Jan 31 1927. Although not stated on the drawing, the dimensions match to the then 3100 class locomotives. The 1950s model, produced to the same drawing was identified as ‘5101’ class, which the 3100s had by then become.
In early 1927, the LMC was still in the grip of the Bristol Model Company, which had since 1924 resulted in the addition of three GWR locos to the catalogue. The model we have is fitted with an 8v series 1 motor, but has zinc alloy wheels on 3/16” diameter axles. After cleaning up and lubricating it runs sweetly and well. The loco body is basically in good shape too. There has been some retouching of the paintwork in places, but the original transfers are still in good condition.
Work is required to tidy up some poorly solder repairs to the valve gear and the cab steps. Careful repainting of damaged areas should the see the loco in as close to original condition as possible.
Contact continues with the AIMREC group concerning the presentation of the Leeds Stedman Trust collection and ephemera in the new Museum to be built at Ashford. We have been asked to consider the feasibility of re-creating for 2022 the LMC layout used for the 1922 Model Engineering Exhibition.
This was set up for clockwork operation. Practical concessions, to use electric power, modern track, and to introduce additional loops for train make up and storage, make the project both feasible and attractive for operation not only with LMC products but also for B-L, Hornby and compatible products of other manufacturers. We are particularly fortunate that the Scherzer lifting bridge used on the original layout is preserved in safe hands and available to us.
'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