Appleby Frodingham Railway
|Appleby Frodingham Railway|
|1912 Peckett locomotive with a train at Frodingham platform|
|Locale||Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Owned by||Tata Steel|
|Operated by||Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society is based at Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. The society owns locomotives and rolling stock but not the railway it runs on. The name comes from the Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company, now simply known as Scunthorpe Works. The railway operates entirely within the TATA steelworks over the tracks normally used for moving iron, steel and materials around the works.
Occasional excursion trains were run around the works site (such as in 1986) using the works' own locomotives. Then in 1990, steam-hauled passenger trains were run as part of a works anniversary celebration, using a locomotive borrowed from the Rutland Railway Museum. This was popular enough for further events to be planned using locomotive and carriages borrowed from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The society now owns (or is responsible for) several steam and diesel locomotives. On occasions the (radio controlled) Corus diesel locomotives have been used on passenger trains.
- TKh49 'Hutnik' 0-6-0T steam locomotive built by Fabryka Lokomotywim "Feliksa Dzierztnskiego", Chrzanów, Poland (works number 3138) in 1954
- Peckett 0-4-0ST steam locomotive built 1916 (works number 1438)
- DL 2 0-6-0DM diesel mechanical locomotive built by Bagnall (works number 3151) in 1962
- 'Arnold Machin' 0-6-0DE diesel electric locomotive built by the Yorkshire Engine Company (works number 2661) in 1958
- No 22. 0-6-0ST Hunslet Austerity steam locomotive (works number 3844), built 1956 Currently on loan to Nene Valley Railway 
Trains run on a limited number of days during the year and it is normal to book a place (via the website or by telephone) for a specific train. Trains travel between 7 and 15 miles (11 and 24 km), all within the steelworks.
Irregular special events are organised such as 'Diesel Days' where Corus or other visiting locomotives operate a series of trains through the day. For example in 2003 one of each type of Corus (Now Tata) locomotive (a Yorkshire Engine Co 'Janus', a Hunslet 'Anchor' and a 'High Line locomotive') together with an EWS class 08 were used on special trains, each making one round trip of around 6 3⁄4 miles (10.9 km).
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