The Branch Line Society


BLS Scunthorpe Steel Works 21 vs. Covid-19 (home win) - 31st August 2020

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Our fixtures are not only interesting, and enjoyable but educational. Here, for example, Scunthorpe participants could learn 'Put your handbrake on' in seven different languages.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

The coke oven quenching tower; a wagon of flaming coal is about to be quenched. It is an interesting thought that some like to quench their thirst with Coke. Straight ahead is some ungriceable track (sadly).<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Scunthorpe Sky; only the 'Victoria' Blast Furnace - the most distant one of the four is actually blasting. Left is a plume of steam (honest) from Appleby Coke Ovens where pin picks of orange fire can be seen in the silhouette.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Mills Exchange Sidings Road 10, our group is weighed tare (that is before lunch).<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

View forwards traversing 410 to 428 Points; a little used rusty section needed by many (the Society provides a polishing service). The Foreign Ore Branch is on the embankment ahead.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

View forward running towards Bar Mill Gate 7 (the gate was indeed barred too).<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Our tour approaching the buffer stops of Mills Exchange Sidings Road 5 with the Medium Section Mill ahead.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

The start of the Muck Bank loop with some wild flowers in the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the right.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

PLEASE DO NOT ADJUST YOUR DEVICE! It takes years of training with a long apprenticeship and much experience to make wagons do this (Muck Bank right hand line).<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Recently arrived Pacer 144017, which belongs to a private individual, at the AFRPS sidings.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

The tour runs cautiously over the points (unmoveable on a previous tour) onto the stub siding off Appleby Coke Ovens branch.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

The view towards the underneath of the 'Queen Victoria' Blast Furnace, approaching from the south and running over 131 Points.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Approaching the blast furnaces from the south end; lines not used recently (132 Points ahead).<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

The limit reached at the Black Hole of Scunthorpe (the south end of the blast furnaces).<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Discharged hot (they were too) torpedoes returning from the BOS Plant are seen approaching the blast furnace for a refill.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

On the Lime Road buffer stops; the BOS Plant lines are right then, far right, part of the former (as in used to be but isn't now) Mould Shop.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

363 Points, looks towards the Concast (continuous casting) building - both of these lines were traversed by our tour.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

The now extended end of Redbourn Semi-Finished Line B2 (but it was finished); now the same length as B1. The Foreign Ore Terminal is ahead.<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

Back at the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society valiant efforts were made to coax the Pacer into action but it was to no avail… Perhaps next time?<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]

On the Coking Plant branch the point is set for the siding ahead (the coking plant is off right)<br>[&copy; Simon Mortimer 2020]