Interesting facts we learned included: • • • • • •
There are around 8 iron ore trains a day into the site each of 20 x 100 tonne waggons, There was a small airfield included within the site for visiting senior managers to have quick, direct access, The 4 blast furnaces are known as the Four Queens of Ironmaking; Victoria, Annie, Bess & Mary, The tour covered around 15 miles of track, Railway track is rolled at the medium rolling plan and joined on site into 250m lengths before being moved off site to wherever it is required, Despite a site policy of road giving way to rail there is a single crossing that contravenes this. This is because the heat and weight of the steel being carried by the road traffic at the slab bay crossing means it has to have priority.
Tour dates can be found at www.afrps.co.uk and must be booked through Brigg Tourist Information Centre (01652 657053). The tour lasts around 2 ½ hours and includes a stop at the Society’s loco shed (and refreshment carriage). Brake van tours are only once a month and are especially popular (and absolutely must be booked in advance). There is no ticket charge for either the standard tour or the brake van tour and the Society exists solely on donations received for the tours, the profits of the refreshment van (excellent home made cake) and the efforts of the volunteer drivers, train managers and everyone else involved. We were hauled by Avonside 0-6-0 saddle tank built in 1924 (number 1919) “Cranford”.