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 Bogieman Cometh!
No, not the proverbial bogeyman but a fresh supply of the tinplate pressings required for our replica LMC bogies originally supplied for the litho coach and van range. These are supplied ready to run fitted with LMC replica blacked hard white metal wheels press fitted onto silver steel axles. (Wheels can be set to your back to back requirements). Axleboxes are press fitted white metal. Price £20.00 per bogie
Our replica of the 1935 series cast bogies continues to be available.
The sides are cast in pewter which is stronger for this application than white metal. As for the tinplate bogies the bogies are fitted with LMC replica blacked hard white metal wheels press fitted onto silver steel axles. (The standard back to back for these bogies is 28mm, but wheels can be set to your back to back requirements).The bogies are supplied ready to run at £25.00 per bogie.
The bogies are also supplied in kit form minus wheels, requiring painting and assembly with 4 x 9BA screws (supplied). Price per kit is £12.00.
These 8ft wheelbase cast bogies were originally introduced to run under the LMC range of Bakelite coaches, but were also used on the last supplied LMS litho coaches, the post 1946 ‘Rigid-litho’ LMS coach, the Pullman Coaches and ‘Nettle’ the Sentinel-Cammel rail car.
The swelling, embrittlement and cracking of early zinc alloys
used extensively in the model railway trade is sadly an all too familiar problem in early model locomotives and rolling stock. The problem arising from the use of less than pure or contaminated zinc is correctly termed 'intergranular corrosion'. Attack takes place preferentially at the metal's grain boundaries leading to swelling, cracking and disintegration before the bulk of the metal is affected. The effects are shown dramatically on these
Leeds Model Co. smoker-fitted locomotive cylinders. On the right, the intergranular cracking and swelling are clearly seen, the zinc positively bulging out of the end of the brass cylinder. On the left the piston was completely within the cylinder when disintegration began. The force of the expansion - largely caused by hydrogen, which is one product of the corrosion reaction, is sufficient to split the brass cylinder from top to base. In most cases the damage can be repaired and an aluminium piston fitted thus restoring the function of the smoker unit 'puffer'.
'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