Appleby Frodingham Railway

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Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society
AFRPS Frodingham station - 2009-08-08.jpg
1912 Peckett locomotive with a train at Frodingham platform
Locale Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire
Commercial operations
Name British Steel Limited Scunthorpe
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preserved operations
Operated by Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preservation history
Peckett locomotive standing beside a cooling tower at Appleby loco shed

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 known as British Steel Limited Scunthorpe after its buy-out by Greybull Capital. The railway operates entirely within the Steelworks limits over tracks normally used for moving Molten Iron, Steel and Raw Materials. Trains travel between 7 and 15 miles (11 and 24 km), all within the steelworks.


Occasional excursion trains were run around the Scunthorpe Steel 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) locomotives, normally used for site operations, have been used on passenger trains.


Number Class Name Current Livery Owner Status
1 (Works Number: 2877) Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0ST "Janus" - Appleby Frodingham Steel Company Apple Green British Steel Corporation / AFRPS Operational at AFRPS
Works Number: 3138 0-6-0T steam locomotive built by Fabryka Lokomotywim "Feliksa Dzierztnskiego", Chrzanów, Poland Hutnik - British Steel Corporation / AFRPS Currently Awaiting Restoration
Works Number: 1438 Peckett 0-4-0ST steam locomotive - BR Lined Green Christopher Theaker Operational at AFRPS
Works Number: 2661 0-6-0DE diesel electric Half Janus locomotive built by the Yorkshire Engine Company Arnold Machin Eccles Slag Company Scunthorpe Eccles Slag Company / AFRPS Under Restoration at AFRPS
No 22 (Works Number: 3844) 0-6-0ST Hunslet Austerity steam locomotive - United Steel Company Maroon Christopher Theaker Under Restoration at AFRPS

Special events[edit]

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 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 34 miles (10.9 km).

It is not unusual for the passenger trains to be stopped to allow steelworks trains to pass. It is sometimes possible to see trains carrying molten iron from the blast furnaces.

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Coordinates: 53°35′16″N 0°37′39″W / 53.58778°N 0.62750°W / 53.58778; -0.62750