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The Plant

Beer Type :
Strength :
5% ABV
Brewing Notes :
Deep reddish brown, almost black in colour made with Maris Otter pale, Dark Crystal, Black and Chocolate malt. Hopped using Pheonix and East Kent Gouldings.

A dark malty porter with a spicy earthy aroma with a slightly spicy bitter flavour and a hint of coffee/chocolate on the finish.

Why The Plant?

Doncaster Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Works was known locally and to most railwaymen as ‘The Plant’.It was built in 1853 for the former Great Northern Railway Company and on the amalgamation of the Railway Companies in 1923 Doncaster became one of the main workshops of the London and North Eastern Railway.

From 1866, when Sir Patrick Stirling became The Plants locomotive Superintendent, the Locomotive Works were responsible for the construction of many types of locomotives of historical interest. Stirling’s 8-foot, ‘Single Wheel’, the renowned Ivatt ‘Atlantics’ and the Gresley, Thompson and Peppercorn ‘Pacifics’ most famous of which was the Gresley streamlined ‘Mallard’ which achieved the world speed record for traction of 126 miles per hour.

The last steam locomotive to be built at Doncaster left the Works in October 1957. In more recent times, diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric shunting locomotives have been constructed at Doncaster as well as the latest 25 kV AC electric locomotives.