Timber Fragment

1997/006

Fragment of timber removed from the Laigh Milton Viaduct

SKU: 1997/006 Categories: ,

Description

Fragment of timber removed from the west pier (Pier No 1) of the Laigh Milton Viaduct from the battens exposed at the foundation platform 1.9 m (approx) below bed and 2.5 m (approx) below weir crest level. The location was at the north east corner of the east face of the pier. Date found 21 September 1995.

This object was found during the Laigh Milton Viaduct Conservation Project (1995-1996). The viaduct, believed to be the world’s oldest 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

1997/006

Item Type

Short Description

Timber fragment from the Laigh Milton Viaduct

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c.1810

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

67 x 25 x 10

Donor

Date Donated

December 1977

Materials

Wood

Condition

Fair

Display Location