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1922-1932: Type B Scale Models, handmade wooden bodies.

The Type B goods vehicle range were hand built, constructed from wood and fitted with LMC cast parts.


Leeds Type B LMS Standard Open Wagon

WO/500: L.M.S. 10-ton Standard Open Wagon, running No. 6835, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1922-28.

There were a limited number of combinations in transfers for the running rumbers. So repeats on Type B models are quite possible. Running No. 6835 of this wagon, is also used for the L.M.S. Mineral Brake Van and the Single Bolster Timber wagon shown below.

WO/500: N.E. 10-ton Standard Open Wagon, running No. 7094, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1922-28.

Leeds Type B NE Standard Open Wagon

Leeds Type B LMS ex-MR Mineral Brake Van

WO/519: L.M.S. 10-ton Mineral Brake Van (M.R. Type), running No. 2325, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1925-28.

WO/521: L.M.S. 20-ton Mineral Brake Van (L.N.W. Type), 6 wheel, running No. 6835, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1925-28.

Leeds Type B LMS ex-LNW Mineral Brake Van

Leeds Type B GWR Mineral Brake Van

WO/523: G.W.R. 12-ton Mineral Brake Van, 4 wheel, running No. 7498, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1925-28.

WO/545: Single Bolster Timber Wagons, running No. 6835 and No. 7094, Type B Handmade Scale Models 1922-28 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Two types of bolster wagons were supplied. The ones with buffers could run as single wagons, or in a rake of three or more. These close coupled units were the only ones illustrated in the catalogues from 1922 - 1928.

Leeds Type B Single Bolster Timber Wagons

WO/555 : L.M.S. 30-ton Bogie Timber Trucks, running No. 7960, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1922-28.

This model is constructed througout in metal, with the exception of the wooden bolsters.  NEW ARRIVAL

Leeds Type B LMS Bogie Timber Trucks

The same wagon features in both 1923 Bassett-Lowke and the 1922/23 Leeds catalogues, providing further evidence of the links between the companies. At that time Leeds were supplying two locos for Bassett-Lowke and G.P. Keen was still Chairman of both companies. But the Leeds model is 11" long and the text in the Leeds catalogue specifically says that the wagon has been slightly shortened. So was the longer version also made by Leeds for Bassett-Lowke, or was it made elsewhere and then offered by both companies?

Leeds Type B LMS Bogie Timber Trucks

Leeds Type B GWR Bogie Milk Van

WO/562: G.W.R. 14-ton Bogie Milk Van, 'Siphon G.', running No. 1332, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1922-28.

A very early factory made model of the Siphon G Van. There are extra details added like the roof rain strip. The one pictured in the 1926/27 catalogue is a simplified version of this Van, to reduce cost.

WO/570: B.P. Standard Oil Wagon, running No. 1098, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1922-32.

At first the tank was turned up from wood, around 1926/27 the wooden cylinder was replaced by a tank rolled up from tinplate. Motor BP Spirit was applied by a large single varnish-fix transfer.

Leeds Type B Standard BP Oil Wagon

Leeds Type B Standard Tar Tank Wagon

WO/575: Standard Rectangular Tank Wagon, running No. 2101, Type B Handmade Scale Models, 1922-28.

Leeds Type B Standard BP Oil Wagon

SWO/2: N.E. Box Van made of complete sets of Parts for Super Detail Wagons, 1922-38/39 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Leeds offered complete sets of parts for Open Wagons and Box Vans. These sets included wood parts for floor, sides, ends & solebars. Metal parts included were wheels & axels, corner-plates, hinges & strapping, tinplate roof, buffers and couplings.


1922-1928/29: Type A Scale Models, wooden bodies with lithographed sides.


WO/52: M.R. 10-ton Open Wagon (left), running No. 12709, light grey, Type A Scale Models 1922-29.

WO/50: N.E. 12-ton Open Wagon (right), running No. V363, light grey, Type A Scale Models 1922-29.

Leeds litho MR and NE Open Wagons

Leeds litho GN and LNWR Open Wagon

WO/54: G.N. 9-ton Open Wagon (left), running No. 33225, bauxite, Type A Scale Models 1922-29.

WO/51: L.N.W.R. 10-ton Open Wagon (right), running No. 8004, light grey, Type A Scale Models 1922-29.

WO/53: G.C. 10-ton Open Wagon (left), running No. 8124, blue-grey, Type A Scale Model 1922-29.

WO/55: G.W.R. 10-ton Open Wagon (right), running No. 12509, blue-grey, Type A Scale Models 1922-29.

Leeds litho GW and GC Open Wagons

Leeds litho MR Goods Brake Van

WO/201: L.N.W.R. 10-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. 382, grey, Type A Scale Models 1922-29 (Hans van Dissel collection).

WO/202: M.R. 10-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. M946, light-grey, Type A Scale Models 1922-29 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Leeds LNWR Goods Brake Van

Leeds litho GWR Covered Van

WO/170: G.W.R. 10-ton Covered Van, running No. 1408, blue-grey, Type A Scale Models, 1922-29.


1928-1938/39: Scale Models, wooden bodies with lithographed sides.


Leeds litho LMS and NE Open Wagons

WO/59: L.M.S. 10-ton Open Wagon (left), running No. 304719, light grey, 2nd series 1928-59.

WO/57: N.E. 12-ton Open Wagon (right), running No. 36503, black, 2nd series 1928-59.

WO/56: S.R. 12-ton Open Wagon (left), running No. 12340, brown, 2nd series 1928-36. The SR wagon was a high-sided eight-plank vehicle and had solebars flush with the sides, rather then recessed as with all other stock.

WO/58: G.W.R. 10-ton Open Wagon (right), running No. 109458, black, 2nd series 1928-59.

Leeds litho SR and GW Open Wagons

Stronlite Tin Printed GW and SR Open Wagons

Tin printed open wagons (left and right), made by Stronlite bearing the G.W.R. and S.R. lettering prove to be blends of the LMC design for the N.E. and G.W.R. Open Wagon (Pete Gasowski Photo).

WO/61: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Wood & Co' (left), running No. 300, orange, 1929-59.

WO/62: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Brentall & Cleland Ltd.' (right), running No. 684, black, 1929-38/39.

Leeds litho Wood and Brentall Coal Wagons

Leeds litho Warrens and Coote and Warrens Coal Wagons

WO/63: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Warrens Ltd.' (left), running No. 1603, brown, 1932-38/39.

WO/64: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Coote & Warrens Ltd.' (right), running No. 2176, brown, 1932-38/39.

WO/65: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Manchester Collieries' (left), running No. 12001, maroon, 1932-57.

WO/60: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'R.F. Stedman & Co Ltd.' (right), running No. 36, green, 1929-37. Rex Stedman was 36 years of age in 1929, thus the running number '36'.

Leeds litho Manchester Collieries and RF Stedman Coal Wagons

Leeds litho Cawoods and Michael Whitaker Coal Wagons

WO/66: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Cawoods' (left), running No. 1499, black, 1936-59.

WO/67: 12-ton Private owner wagon 'Michael Whitaker Ltd.' (right), running No. 100, red, 1936-59.

Leeds litho Manchester Collieries Coal Wagons variations

Some of the lithos were slightly altered after WWII. The 'Manchester Collieries' wagon (left) lost the 'M', and it became WO/68. The litho of the 'Wood & Co' wagon (right) was changed to black ends and it became WO/69.

Leeds litho Wood Coal Wagons variations

Leeds litho NE Box Van and NE Cattle Van

WO/172: N.E. 12-ton Box Van (left), running No. 140092, dark grey, 1929-38/39.

WO/174: N.E. Cattle Van (right), running No. 150882, light brown, 1929-38/39.

WO/200 or WO/202: N.E. 10-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. 71911, bauxite, 1923-36.

The N.E. Brake Van litho survived from the first pre-grouping issue through the grouping. It was WO/200 when it was listed in the pre 1930 catalogues with the other pre-grouping litho Brake Vans (L.N.W.R. and M.R). But from 1932, when the other post grouping litho Brake Vans (L.M.S., S.R. and G.W.R.) were introduced, it became WO/202. It is the very same litho however that was used throughout.

Leeds litho NE Brake Van

Leeds litho LMS Box Van and LMS Cattle Van

WO/170: L.M.S. 12-ton Box Van (left), running No. 260723, light grey, 1929-37.

WO/177: L.M.S. Cattle Van (right), running No. 107877, light grey, 1929-38/39.

WO/200: L.M.S. 20-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. 917, light grey, 1929-36 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Leeds litho LMS Brake Van

Leeds litho GWR Box Van and GWR Cattle Van

WO/171: G.W.R. 12-ton Box Van (left), running No. 114294, dark green, 1929-38/39.

WO/176: G.W.R. Cattle Van (right), running No. 106324, dark green, 1929-38/39.

WO/201: G.W.R. 25-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. 17954, dark grey, 1929-38/39 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Leeds litho GWR Brake Van

Leeds litho SR Box Van and SR Cattle Van

WO/173: S.R. 10-ton Box Van (left), running No. 44556, brown, 1929-38/39.

WO/175: S.R. Cattle Van (right), running No. 764, dark brown, 1929-38/39.

WO/203: S.R. 25-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. 55975, brown, 1929-38/39 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Leeds litho SR Brake Van

Leeds litho GWR Siphon G Bogie Wagon

WO/250: G.W.R. Bogie Van 'Siphon G', running No. 1270, brown, 1929-38/39 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Stronlite tinplate GWR Siphon G Bogie Wagon

Tin printed copy of the G.W.R. Bogie Van 'Siphon G' by Stronlite (Hans van Dissel collection).

WO/251: G.W.R. Bogie Van 'Monster', running No. 591, brown, 1929-38/39. Fitted with 'American Type' bogies (catalogue code CO/16).

Leeds litho GWR Monster Bogie Wagon

Leeds litho NE High Capacity Box Van

WO/252: N.E. 25-ton High Capacity Box Van, running No. 102497, grey, 1929-38/39.

This is the version with a white roof and the WO/22 diamond style bogies. Below the same wagon with a grey roof and the more standard CO/17 style bogies. Both versions were produced and sold during the period when these vans were offered.

Leeds litho NE High Capacity Box Van

WO/252: N.E. 25-ton High Capacity Box Van, running No. 102497, grey, 1929-38/39.

WO/253: L.M.S. 30-ton Bogie Wagon, running No. 13768, light grey, 1929-36 (Hans van Dissel collection).

Leeds litho LMS Bogie Wagon

Leeds litho NE Brick Wagon

WO/254: N.E. 50-ton Brick Wagon, running No. 51001, red oxide, 1929-36.


1937-1959: True Scale Models. Bakelite-, wooden- or tinplate bodies.


Leeds bakelite LMS and NE Goods Van

WM/9: L.M.S. 12-ton Goods Van (left), with ventilators and brake pipes, running number 602524, bauxite, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1937-38/39.

WM/12: N.E. 12-ton Goods Van (right), with ventilators and brake pipes, running number 58796, red oxide, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1937.

The pre-war versions were made in self-coloured bakelite. After the war all rolling stock bodies were black and the livery was painted on.

WM/10: L.M.S. 6-ton Fish Van (left), with brake pipes, running No. 603245, crimson lake, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1937-39/39.

WM/10: B.R. 6-ton Fish Van (right), with ventilators, running No. 605621, crimson lake, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1950-59.

A factory made BR Van? The number is one of the LMS series numbers. It is possible that the van was either sold or customer modified in BR times, to look BR, by removal of the LMS 12t part of the transfer. The “FISH” is a factory transfer.

Leeds bakelite LMS and BR Fish Vans

Leeds bakelite grey NE Open Wagon and NE Goods Van

WM/11: N.E. 12-ton Goods Van (left), running No. 563562, dark lead grey, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

WM/2: N.E. 12-ton Standard Mineral Wagon (right), running No. 589761, dark lead grey, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

WM/8: L.M.S. 12-ton Goods Van (left), running No. 604707, bauxite, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

WM/1: L.M.S. 12-ton Standard Mineral Wagon (right), running No. 605621, bauxite, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

Leeds bakelite LMS Open Wagon and LMS Goods Van

Leeds bakelite SR Open Wagon and SR Goods van

WM/15: S.R. 12-ton Goods Van (left), running No. 61374, brown, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

WM/4: S.R. 12-ton Standard Mineral Wagon (right), running No. 61250, brown, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

WM/14: G.W.R. 12-ton Goods Van (left), running No. 245306, dark lead grey, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

WM/3: G.W.R. 12-ton Standard Mineral Wagon (right), running No. 245157, dark lead grey, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1946-59.

Leeds bakelite GWR Open Wagon and GWR Goods Van

Leeds bakelite red oxide NE Open Wagon and NE Goods Van

WM/12: N.E 12-ton Goods Van (left), running No. 589761, red oxide, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1949-59.

WM/5: N.E 12-ton Standard Mineral Wagon (right), running No. 589761, red oxide, True Scale Bakelite Rolling Stock 1949-59.

WF/50: L.M.S. 20-ton Express Goods Brake Van, running No. 380630, bauxite, True Scale handmade Goods Brake Vans 1937-38/39 (Hans van Dissel collection).

To support the range of the bakelite stock, LMC had to upgrade the range of litho Brake Vans. In 1937 LMC released three hand built Brake Vans. These were hand-made in wood and tinplate. The model is depicted in the catalogue in a light colour but the actual van is finished in bauxite. The van is also depicted in the catalogue with large LMS lettering, but on the actual model "LMS" is in very small letters, positioned on the left-hand side between the horizontal grab rails.

Leeds True Scale Wooden LMS Brake Van

Leeds True Scale Tinplate BR Brake Van

SSD/1: B.R. 20-ton Express Goods Brake Van, running No. M60524, bauxite, True Scale handmade Tinplate Brake Vans 1948-59 (Hans van Dissel collection).

The shortage of material after WWII forced LMC to upgrade the range of hand built wooden Brake Vans. These were made in tinplate only.

SSD/1/S: L.M.S. 12-ton Goods Brake Van, running No. 604707, bauxite, True Scale handmade Tinplate Brake Vans 1950-59 (Hans van Dissel collection).

A further version of the model was primarily to go with the goods train set. This was also made in tinplate, but was shorter (130 mm) compared to the (170 mm) for the standard Brake Van.

Leeds True Scale Tinplate LMS Brake Van


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