Rail

1997/016

Length of a cast iron plate rail, incomplete and damaged

SKU: 1997/016 Category:

Description

Length of a cast iron plate rail used on the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway on or near the Laigh Milton Viaduct. Incomplete and damaged.

This viaduct on the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway, 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

1997/016

Item Type

Short Description

Plate rail

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1810

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

700 (L) x 100 x 90

Donor

Date Donated

December 1977

Materials

Cast iron

Condition

Poor (rust damage and broken)

Display Location