Scunthorpe steelworks rail tours remain popular

THE Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society (AFRPS) runs rail tours around the vast and busy rail-served complex of British Steel’s Scunthorpe steelworks on selected summer weekends. 

Afternoon tours are suitable for all the family with travel in loco-hauled Class 108 DMU trailer cars. Adult-only brakevan tours are also run on some Saturdays over the winter and on summer evenings.

The BR Mk1 buffet coach at the AFRPS depot was having a complete interior refit on March 30. The steam-hauled brakevans were taken out of the station after passengers had alighted, and DMU cars TBSL No 59245 and DTCL No. 54207 were then brought into the platform by No. 1 ‘Janus’ 0-6-0DE (Yorkshire 2877 of 1963) to provide temporary refreshment facilities during the mid-tour break, as seen here. It gave passengers a chance to have tea and sit down for a few minutes during the five-hour tour. PETER NICHOLSON

The AFRPS has its own collection of steam and diesel locos, loco shed and station with buffet and toiler facilities, at a site within the works. 

Tickets for the tours, which take several hours, must be pre-booked – for details see website:

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