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
Let the buyer beware!
A very long time ago, when I was starting to put the Leeds Model Co archive together, I purchased at a busy show - without for a moment thinking to check the contents, the box pictured here, which I very carefully put away with other archive items. A few days ago, as I continue now to prepare archive materials for presentation at the AIMREC Museum, I went to the box.
It was still neatly sealed, admittedly with Sellotape rather than the original brown paper tape, but the contents were something of a disappointment. The ventilators, buffers, couplings, solebars, and the bogie rubbing plates were all missing, doubtless taken for some model other than the rigid litho coach for which they were intended. By way of consolation the box included along with the parts list two drawings, which I have now included in the archive, ASS 109 and 109A. The latter gives instructions for assembly of the kit. I should explain that I was in process of restoring one of the rigid litho coaches, and I was therefore interested to see how the original instructions compared with my methods! I have to say that I can pity the kit builder of that time.
The instructions say what is to be done but. with the exception of the first step, not how to do it! Look at Step 3 and try nailing into the wooden base with nothing = except the wrap over card body = to support it! Little wonder that some of the kits ended up half built - just like the one I am restoring!
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Contact continues with the AIMREC group concerning the presentation of the Leeds Stedman Trust collection and ephemera in the new Museum to be built at Ashford. We have been asked to consider the feasibility of re-creating for 2022 the LMC layout used for the 1922 Model Engineering Exhibition. We have now submitted and had accepted a draft proposal covering every detail required to realise the layout in format as close as possible to the original. The principal exception will be electric operation rather than clockwork, and for this Maldon Rail has supplied a comprehensive and fully costed track plan. When other costs are finalised AIMREC will approach companies and individuals to sponsor the layout. Once finance is secure, construction can begin.
The Leeds Stedman Trust will be providing - in addition to the archive of locomotives and stock, signals - see below, buildings, and the Scherzer Bridge also see below.
This was set up for clockwork operation. Practical concessions, to use electric power, modern track, and to introduce additional loops for train make up and storage, make the project both feasible and attractive for operation not only with LMC products but also for B-L, Hornby and compatible products of other manufacturers. We are particularly fortunate that the Scherzer lifting bridge used on the original layout is preserved in safe hands and available to us.
Super Detail Signalling
Signals were the first products manufactured by Rex Stedman when he set up the Leeds Model Company in 1912. Signal parts were listed continuously from then until the company was wound up in 1967. Company built signals came in two standards, Standard and super detail, the latter made to order only. Examples of both types are held in the archive.
The need for a dozen or so signals for the re-creation of the 1922 layout (see below) called for an equal re-creation of the super detail signals. Sufficient parts remain in the Trust inventory to provide the necessary requirements from finials to bases. Close by, my good friend and neighbour possessed both the skills and patience to put together the example shown here. More on the signals and on progress with the layout to follow.
Rex Stedman made his first model of the American Scherzer type rolling lift bridge for his 1922 layout at the Model Engineering Exhibition. From his collection of papers in the archive it is clear that this type of bridge had
long fascinated him. The 1922 bridge was then featured in catalogues from 1924 until 1932, offered for Gauges 0 and 1 at £22 and £30 respectively. In the 1932 catalogue only the 0 gauge version was on offer at a reduced, but still, for the time, high price of £15.
There is no record in the archive of how many Scherzer bridges were sold, but one, which we believe was used for the model railway at Chessington Zoo, was 'rescued' by John Hart when the layout was dismantled, and rescued again by Peter Sturt when John's grand model railway collection was finally dispersed. This bridge is shorter than the 1922 version but otherwise incorporates all of the features of the Scherzer design. As can be seen in the photograph it is in need of restoration which will proceed, and it will be ready for incorporation
into the re-created 1922 layout detailed below. Grateful thanks to Peter Sturt for looking after this possibly now unique relic of LMC model engineering, and for his kindness in passing it over into the custodianship of the Trust.
'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