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Power to Order follows the production of a steam locomotive at the renowned Doncaster works.
Building a locomotive
'Railways are the arteries of industrial Britain's trade. British engineering skill and British steel have made our engines famous all over the world. In this film an engine is built. The growing engine is followed through the boiler-shop, the machine-shop and the assembly-shop.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)
Several complete locomotives are shown towards the end of this film, and have been identified as the following (in order of appearance):
Our thanks to Roger Camp, who helped to identify the locomotives and provided much of this information.
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