Torpedo Molten Iron Ore Wagon


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Scunthorpe Steelworks Torpedo Wagons

In the 1960s British Steel needed to improve and increase its Iron and Steelmaking facilities in Scunthorpe, the result of this was the anchor project. Work began on the project in the 1970s and part of this was new Torpedo wagons to carry the molten Iron from the Blast Furnaces to the Basic Oxygen Steelmaking plant.

 The Torpedo wagons built by Distington Engineering Company in Workington were built in 2 batches; the 1st arriving in 1973.

20 torpedoes were built for the Appleby Frodingham and Redburn works. A further 10 were built for Normandy Park works, these were fitted with airbrakes to enable the transport of Iron between Normandy Park and Appleby Frodingham works by crossing the Lindsey Light Railway.

Originally built to carry 250t of molten Iron at a temperature of 1480C. The torpedoes were later rebuilt in 1980 and the 1990s to raise this amount to 300t.

Still in use to this day, these wagons can often be seen on the Scunthorpe Steelworks rail tours with the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society.

We also have developed a DCC-operated version, to allow the barrel to rotate 180to simulate emptying.  This feature will not work in DC mode.

DC model £167 for the prototypical twin pack (inc VAT).

DCC model £187 for the prototypical twin pack (inc VAT).

Andrew Plumtree and Glenn Britcliffe – Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society

Delivery is expected 4th qtr of 2023.

Please note; The weathered version will be done by TMC and you will be contacted by them regarding the level of weathering you will require.  The cost of the weathering will vary according to the level you want. We will ship your order to them on your behalf.

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