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

A New Year and some New Prices

Much to my regret I have to revise a number of prices for various spares which through the past year have been subject to increases in material and manufacturing costs. Prices for original spares, long held in stock remain unchanged. During the past fifteen months, three of my suppliers have passed away, and although I have been able to find alternative sources for the products they provided, but inevitably at revised levels of cost.
Despite these essential changes I look forward to continuing the supply of spare parts to Leeds Model Company enthusiasts everywhere.

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The TRUSTy trains are back on track!

We moved from Kings Langley to Cambridge in January this year. By the end of April the model railway room, which includes a workshop, was completed and I moved in. Once everything in the workshop was in place I could proceed with the sizeable backlog of repairs and restorations to LMC models, and get to work tracklaying in the railway room. Starting a new layout from scratch would be a daunting project. Quite apart from the time it would take, crawling under the baseboards to connect wiring would be a job for a younger man than me. Even reconnecting the dismantled parts of Augerswell and Great Blessingsby was impractical. That layout was built for a much smaller space than I now had at my disposal. Fortunately I knew that a solution was at hand!

Some time ago son Marcus had purchased a large 0 gauge railway, Sheppingham. Built up in easily connected sections the stud contact layout fitted comfortably into the train room, (23ft x 10ft 6” – 7m x 3.2m), with space to spare so that we were able to increase the width by 18” (45 cm), and the length which will enable incorporation of the LMC Scherzer bridge, by 4’ 6” (137 cm). Anticipating our move, Marcus had for some time been collecting large boards and timber for the baseboards and we had sufficient for the entire layout. Construction went smoothly and rapidly and we were soon laying out Sheppingham and splicing in the additional tracks on the width and length. With the two main circuits completed the first trains ran in September. We are now enjoying regular running sessions, checking out all of the Leeds Stedman Trust archive models which have been dormant in their storage boxes for just over a year. The ‘TRUSTy’ trains are indeed back in track.  Crossing the extended lines, two running lines, two passing bays. Crossing the extended lines, two running lines, two passing bays.

Sheppingham Station – now much too short for the longer trains which can run on the extended layout. Sheppingham Station – now much too short for the longer trains which can run on the extended layout.

The LMC ‘Time Machine’

“To the best of my knowledge and experience”. Cautious words which I find myself often having to use in response to yet another enquiry about an LMC product or process. I am always ready to learn more about the company and about Rex Stedman, whose engineering approach to model making never fails to interest and excite me.

Earlier this month I was presented with a very early model of the LNER D10 Director 4-4-0, “Sir Berkeley Sheffield”. The body was originally destined for clockwork drive, but in common with those converted for electric drive the keyhole had be neatly concealed, but the control rod holes remained in the backhead plate. So, step into the time machine back to 1922/3 to explore the mechanism, a very early series 1, with the narrow magnet and rather basic brush holders I had not seen before. The most surprising feature was revealed when I removed the ‘steam-roller’ profile cast iron driving wheels. These were fitted to the 5/32” diameter axles which were standard in the Series 1 mechanisms. I have had plenty of experience with these, and with the necessity to quarter the wheels on the plain axle ends ‘by eye’ when reassembling them. To my astonishment the wheels were keyed to the axles, a tiny key engaging with an equally small slots in the axle and in the back of the wheel. No mention of this feature appears in the catalogues of the time. Re-assembly was easy!

I cannot say how long this system was used, but quite clearly it was dropped whilst cast iron wheels were still in use, some while before the die cast zinc wheels with squared centres fitted onto 3/16” diameter axles were introduced. Clearly cutting the keyways and providing the key were a cost extra on the model which could be eliminated without compromising the model performance even if assembly was not quite so straightforward.

An extensive LMC archive from the Dutch HRCA

I continue to be delighted at the work put in by Hans van Dissel of the Dutch HRCA to record on their website adverts, editorials and correspondence related to the Leeds Model Company. Starting from 1915, Hans listings are now into the 1950s, and a most interesting story they make.  All but a few of the items he displays are held in the Trust archives from the combined collections of Rex Stedman and later his son Adrian, but they are not as readily available to view.  To see the Dutch collection please go to

  With their kind permission this link will also be added to the archive section of our website.

'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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