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!"
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.
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
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
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.
Replacement Frames for the 1935 series (zinc die-cast) mechanisms.
Our efforts to find a new supplier of LMC loco frames have finally met with success, and we can once again offer replacement frames for all of the Series 2 tank locos, and any other model which was fitted with the 1935 series of pressure die cast zinc frames. The new frames are supplied in austenitic stainless steel, with brass bushes for the axles. All cross frame fixing holes are 7BA except those for the pick up insulator block which are 9BA as the originals. The prices for these frames are 4 coupled £20.00, 6 coupled £28.00. Original zinc alloy frames in acceptable condition are now rarely available. The new frames fill a much needed gap in our restoration armoury!
We have never stopped in our search for competitively priced wheels to replace the LMC zinc die cast series of loco driving, tender and bogie wheels. We have kept going in the meantime with occasional supplies of original wheels but these are harder and harder to come by. We have at last however found a supplier from whose existing product range close replicas of the LMC tender wheels can be machined. This is a start. The new wheels in cast iron are in profile and dimensions identical to the LMC version but the spokes are of finer section. In the picture the LMC wheel is upper right with the cast iron replica below it. These new wheels are £6.00 each, or £15.00 per two on axle as shown.
'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