Plate Rail

1995/007

Part of cast iron plate rail

SKU: 1995/007 Categories: ,

Description

Part of cast iron plate rail found on the Laigh Milton Viaduct over the River Irvine on the former Kilmarnock & Troon Railway during its restoration in 1995 – 1996. The section is 18 in long being cut to half of its original length.

This viaduct on the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway, believed to be the world’s oldest viaduct on a public railway, was the work of leading civil engineer William Jessop. The double-track, horse-operated railway was opened in 1812, mainly for the export of coal, although it soon carried passengers. In 1816 it was the first railway in Scotland to operate with a Stephenson steam locomotive; nine years before the Stockton & Darlington.

Numerous significant railway relics were found during the restoration and this is just one of a number of them donated to ICE Scotland Museum.

For a detailed description of the conservation works click here.

For further information on the viaduct see http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=1243.

For a general description and images of early cast iron plate railways see https://tringlocalhistory.org.uk/Railway/c03_track.htm.

For a film of the restoration works click here.

Additional information

Acquisition Number

1996/007

Item Type

Short Description

Plate rail

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1809

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

450 long

Donor

Date Donated

November 1995

Materials

Cast iron

Condition

Good

Display Location