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    :: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 ::

    Workington saw its last piece of white hot steel snaking over the rollers of the Mossbay works on Friday morning as the last steel railway lines came off the production line of Corus Rail.

    The remaining 250 men and women, the last of many generations who have manufactured millions of tonnes of track, steel sleepers, clips and fishplates for virtually every railway company in the free world, went to drown their sorrows.

    The irony of the choice of pub for the last goodbyes - Wetherspoon's Henry Bessemer on Oxford Street - was lost on no-one.
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