Railway Chair

2001/003.3

“Birkinshaw” railway chair in cast iron (c.1840)

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Description

“Birkinshaw” railway chair in cast iron (c.1840). One of three found near the Laigh Milton Viaduct (Kilmarnock & Troon Railway) during the viaduct conservation project (1995-96). The chair weighs 10.8 kg (23.9 lb).

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.

For an article on the history of the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway written by John Yellowlees in the Scotman newspaper (dated 25 August 2022) click here).

Additional information

Acquisition Number

2003/003.1

Item Type

Short Description

'Birkinshaw' railway chair in cast iron

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1840

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

Base: 355 x 155. Height: 107. Weight 10.8 kg.

Donor

Date Donated

July 2001

Materials

Cast iron

Condition

Poor to fair (rust damage)

Display Location