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

We are indebted to John Bulmer and BAE Systems for the following pictures from the Brough Heritage Department Rex Stedman

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.Sherburn

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!"

Latest News

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'.




Forty LMC locos for sale (and some B--L locos too!)

The Trust has been asked to assist, and willingly does so, with the disposal of a substantial collection of  more than 200 locomotives. Among these are no less than 40 LMC models, mainly series 1 and 2 standard tanks, the post 1945 standard 4-4-0s, a couple of G.C. 4-6-0 ‘Cities’ and surprisingly only three 0-4-0STs. These locomotives, some in original condition but most repainted and re-motored will be checked, and rectified where necessary by the Trust before being placed on our ‘For sale’ section of this website. Several have already been sold to customers on our ‘Wants list’ and to others quick off the mark to spot a model they want. With the locos are a few Bakelite coaches, wagons and vans and one or two litho coaches. If there is any LMC model you have been wanting – why not put in a request and we will see what is available for you. 


Bassett-Lowke GW mogul, (1925 - 36) electric drive, good overall condition, skate fitted £450

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 below).

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.

Apologies for the delay to the publication of these photographs. Our ‘ace’ photographer has not been available. Apologies too for these home made versions, but we will try and get the new additions covered over the coming weeks.

1007 GWR 0-6-0PT from the mid 1950s. It has taken a long time and much searching to come up with this popular but scarce model. All that remains to complete the GWR archive is to come up with an equally scarce prairie! Any kind donors around?

1008 The First series standard 4-6-0T, from 1924. Note the cab doors which hide the rear driving wheels.

'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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