Rail

1995/008

Parts (2 No) of a wrought iron edge rail

 

SKU: 1995/008 Categories: ,

Description

Parts (2 No) of a wrought iron edge rail found in the River Irvine immediately downstream of Laigh Milton Viaduct on the former Kilmarnock & Troon Railway during its refurbishment in 1995-96. A short section of 25 mm length has been cut from the original length.

May possibly have superseded the cast iron plate rails (see item 95/007) used on the railway until about 1846.

The Laigh Milton 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

1995/008

Item Type

Short Description

Edge rail

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1840

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

420 x 105 (longer length).

Donor

Date Donated

November 1995

Materials

Wrought iron

Condition

Good

Display Location