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

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Leeds Model Company - the first adverts

Although Rex Stedman founded the Leeds Model Company in 1912, it was not until February 1915, that the company was introduced to the model press, specifically the monthly ‘Models, Railways and Locomotives‘.  In the archive I hold extracts from the ‘Trade Notes’ section of the magazine which run through to 1919. Advert
I am now indebted to my good friends in the Dutch HRCA, Hans van Dissel and Peter Zwakhals who have provided me with copies of adverts which appeared in the magazine from February 1915 through to February 1917. These appear in the Leeds Model Company section of their website,  I recommend this very fine website to you.
The very first advert, reproduced here, shows some handwork in the drafting of the title.  This was soon replaced by fully typeset pages. Read sequentially these adverts show the gradual build up of the LMC product range and the progressive engagement of sales outlets up and down the country. They are an important addition to the Trust archive.

Painting and Weathering

Repainting of LMC locomotives is frequently a necessity to preserve their condition and restore them to their original appearance. Made from tinplate and at the time they were produced not too much being known about pre-treatment for a durable finish, many models turn up with blistered or flaking paint, or outright rusting. The Leeds Stedman Trust has never baulked at repainting to match as closely as possible the original factory hand painted finishes.

But what of models running (probably with a change of wheels) on contemporary layouts, from any of the scale model locomotives to the finely moulded Bakelite coaches and wagons? The original clean glossy or satin finishes may well not suit the ambience of a layout where for more realism service grime and weathering are the order of the day. Graeme Simmonds who specialises in painting and weathering is a recent and very enthusiastic convert to 'The Stedman Style' and LMC models. Click his website on our LINKS page to see what he has done with a basic 0-4-0 ST, and read on his blog an appreciation of Rex Stedman and his

It is always a pleasure to see LMC models, whether 'original' or weathered at work on modern layouts. Long may it be so!

Another variation

Over the years we have had many of the Leeds 0-4-0 saddle tanks - the donkeys - pass through our hands. Here however is a variant never seen before.  The bold ‘LMC’ transfer suggests that it may have been a works modification but…?
The smoker oil tank is fitted firmly to the rear of the cab by the four screws visible in the picture. The tank is filled with oil via the screw plug. The on/off switch is set firmly into the top of the smoker unit and is accessed through the enlarged single rear window. The whole job is neatly done. The cab roof, which does not need to be removed, is integral with the body and has two ridges. So is this a customer or a works modification?  Has anyone else seen the like elsewhere?

'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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