Axle Stand

2021/009
Cast iron axle stand
(c.1820)

SKU: 2021/009 Category:

Description

Cast iron axle stand (c.1820) found during the Laigh Milton Viaduct Conservation Project at or near the viaduct (1995-96). Given the proximity of the stand to the railway it may have been used with railway wagons. It may, however, have been made for agricultural use.

The underside of the base of the stand has two opposite upstands providing a longtudinal 6 in (152 mm) channel (see below).

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This viaduct on the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway, believed to be the world’s oldest viaduct 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

2021/009

Item Type

Short Description

Axle Stand, c.1820

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c.1820

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

Base: 210 x 170. Height: 215. Weight 5.45 kg.

Donor

Date Donated

October 2021

Materials

Cast iron

Condition

Poor (rusted)

Display Location

Value

£25