Monday, 14 September 2009
I have found one delightful scene which I never thought I'd witness; the loose coupled freight. About 95% of movements around Scunthorpe Steelworks are loose coupled and it is all accompanied with buffers and couplings clanging which is a wonderful sound and has disappeared from most other parts of the country.
Mostly these are short trains of large steel carrying wagons, however there is a large number of scrap wagons like these on the system -
This morning on my way in through the works (once you arrive at the complex you still have some way to travel to reach the right part!) I was met with a site of one of the work's Janus type centre cab 0-6-0DH locos taking a train of around fifteen empty wagons of this type. I stopped and watched its slow progress as the wagons fought both the loco and each other. The sound was one that I associate very much with the 'steam age' railway but this is very much a part of this modern heavy industry yet is hidden away from public view and sadly so many enthusiasts will just miss out.