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Doncaster region a railway giant

When it comes to railways, Doncaster is one of the UK’s biggest behemoths.

The world-famous Flying Scotsman and the Cock ‘o the North trains were both built in the town. So too was the Mallard which, in 1938, travelled at an astonishing 126mph, a world record for a steam train which still stands today.

These vehicles were built at the massive Doncaster Locomotive and Carriage Building Works, located next to the station.

This huge plant was established in the town because of the close proximity to the coal fields of both Yorkshire and the Midlands, and the fact the local workforce was renowned for its expertise in specialist metal products.

At its height, in the early 20th century the works employed more than 6,500 men building some 100 locomotives, 180 carriages and 1500 wagons every year.

In 1957, as UK industry went into decline, the last steam locomotive were built there, and by 1962, the plant was a repairs-only shed.

Today, it is just a third of its original size and is run by Wabtec Rail, one of the UK’s leading railway engineering companies.

 

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