Fragment of plate rail found in the vicinity of the Laigh Milton Viaduct during the conservation project undertaken 1995-96. The rail has flanges top and bottom the purpose of the bottom flange is unknown.
It is considered likely that this fragment was fractured in use and casually disposed of nearby before being replaced.
For a 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.
For a detailed paper on the viaduct and its restoration see here.
The rail had been lying in wet conditions for c. 150 years and was rusted. The rust has been removed and the rail painted black.