Popular train tours of Scunthorpe steelworks for which tickets have been sold in Brigg for many years have now resumed.
However, our Tourist Information Centre is NOT handling bookings for these autumn trips around the industrial complex; instead, it's being carried out online (details below).
Most tours are hauled by vintage steam locos, but some involve diesel power.
Tours that would have taken place in spring and summer 2020 were suspended due to the Coronavirus emergency. But the Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society says they are now back "by popular demand."
Autumn tours will take place on the following Saturdays: October 10 (2pm), October 24 (2pm) and October 31 (12 noon - diesel-hauled).
At the time of writing, some spaces remain on a trip this Saturday (September 12).
These are "socially distanced brake van tours" and last about three hours, including a short comfort break at the loco shed.
The AFRPS explains: "Bookings will be taken per household group. Each household group will be allocated a brake van veranda which will be 2m from any other passengers. (Remember each household group is one household living together or in a bubble with one single person.)
"Due to the costs of operating these tours we will have to ask for a donation of £50 per Family/Household group - its' up to you how many you put on your veranda (more than 6 can be crowded) as long as your all from the same household."
For bookings, visit the website through this link...
The society uses a small station alongside Brigg Road, Scunthorpe - parking being available nearby. The platform is within comfortable walking distance of Scunthorpe's town centre bus station if you want to take one of Hornsbys services from Brigg.
Brigg Blog has enjoyed passenger coach and brake van tours of the works, which are interesting and informative.
Many people fail to appreciate the huge size of the industrial complex, with ironworks, coke ovens, steelmaking plant and rolling mills.
PICTURED ABOVE: A steelworks brake van rail tour arriving at the Frodingham platform, and Brigg Tourist Information Centre handled previous bookings.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway resumes
Also well worth a day out for people living in the Brigg area, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has now emerged from a period in lockdown.
This heritage line links Ludborough and North Thoresby. By car, take the A18 from Brigg past Humberside Airport to Laceby roundabout near Grimsby, then head south along the A16, from where the railway is well signposted.
Trains will be running on Sunday, September 27, October 11 and October 25.
The highly recommended Steaming Kettle Buffet will be selling refreshments.
Pre-booking is recommended. Details through this link....
PICTURED BELOW: A steam-hauled passenger train at Ludborough station on the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway in August 2019 when Brigg Blog paid an enjoyable visit.