Reginald frederick Stedman


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
1893 -1959

Latest News


Leeds Model Company Day – Tappers Bromley July 18th

The Leeds Stedman Trust archive models, locomotives coaching and goods stock will be on display and in operation with the Tappers ‘0’ Gauge Train Collectors Club at their Bromley Common Methodist Church venue, Bloomfied Road BR2 9RZ (off the A21 Bromley Common Road)*. Saturday 18th July 10.30 – 5.30pm. Come along and bring your LMC models to run or show. There will be two large layouts, a Bring and Buy, Traders and a canteen.

For further information e-mail Graham Lock at or go to the Tappers website,

*Nearest Station Bromley South (from London Victoria). Buses 61,208,216,320,358,402

Presentation to the Historic Model Railway Society

Text: At the invitation of the London Area Group of the HMRS, David Peacock
will give an illustrated presentation on the history and products of the Leeds
Model Co. Keen House, Calshot Street N1 9DA, Monday June 1st, 8 p.m. Further
information from Andrew Jones HMRS London Area Organiser 0797 796 7030


Mills Bros. of Sheffield were both competitors and collaborators with the
LMC. Malcolm Harrison, as much an enthusiast for their products as I am for
those of the LMC, continues with the compilation of an impressive website, and you are most welcome to use the link from this
site to view his work and to contact him.

An unusual load

Four new born guinea piglets are taken for a ride down under. Australian grandchildren have used their locos for all sorts of freight from dinosaurs to spacemen. Here LMC 0-4-0 'Laughing Boy' and Faller 0-6-0 'Katie
Rose' tax their battery drives with two piglets apiece. Of course with no tails to wag we can't tell whether they are enjoying the ride or not!

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‘Wooloomooloo’ back home.

After a 25,000 mile journey and over 6 months in the Leeds Stedman Trust workshops, the veteran K3 ‘Wooloomooloo’, originally shipped out to Australia with the Hordern layout in 1928 is back home!  Here David Peacock, hands the loco over to Glyn Eden who continues with the restoration of the layout.  With Wooloomooloo, we now have the full complement of the locomotives supplied to operate the layout.  One of the two 0-4-0 saddle tanks the partner loco to ‘Milton’ is not however original. ‘Milton’ itself was restored and returned to the layout several years ago, but its original partner, if it has survived, has yet to be found.  Along with the original locomotives we also have most of the original coaching stock and some of the goods vans and wagons. Gaps in the full original inventory, are gradually being filled from current purchases of original items as these come on to the market.  




Bogie wheelsThe 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.



Hydrogen Powered

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

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