Henry Williams, established in Glasgow in 1883 but based in Darlington since 1911, where it employs 97 people, has designed and manufactured over 100 different types of fishplate
Mr Kent argues that a golden fishplate
would be more apposite.
There should be a continuous rail along the bridge at Witton yet it has two fishplates
- one on the bridge and one nearby.
Rail joints may be fastened by bolted fishplates
, or the ends of the rails may be welded together.
The railway officials suspected sabotage and said that anti-social elements damaged fishplates
, which are metal bars bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track.
The company has been involved in work on the metro system in Santiago, Chile, and also supplied fishplates
to New Zealand.
Many older people will remember the clickety-click, the rhythm heard as trains passed over the expansion joints between rails joined together with fishplates
. Modern railways now have a different form of expansion joint to prevent lines from distorting with heat.
missing bolts, cracks in fishplates
and clamps holding rails together at Birmingham New Street station.
Railways said as per the preliminary investigation, fishplates
were also found removed at the derailment site.
The HSE said the fishplates
were changed in July 2002 after a previous instance when one was found to be cracked.