Plate Rail

1997/005

Section of a Wilson variant plate rail

SKU: 1997/005 Category:

Description

Section of a Wilson variant plate rail from the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway. This variant – which was specified for replacement rails was invented by John Wilson (the railway company’s surveyor) – incorporated two feathers on the underside of the rail.

Note the considerable wear on the plate caused by iron-shod wheels.

For description of the railway see Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Civil Engineering, 1998, 126, May, 73-85.

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

For an article on the viaduct and its restoration see http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=1243.

Additional information

Acquisition Number

1997/005

Item Type

Short Description

Plate rail

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1819

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

375 (L) x 62 (base) x 133 (side flange)

Donor

Date Donated

December 1977

Materials

Cast iron

Condition

Good

Display Location