- n. Plural form of fishplate.
“He had a small plant that manufactured the fishplates used to join sections of rail.”
“He had a train loaded with the rails, ties, spikes, bolts, and fishplates ready to go, along with a Chinese crew to build the siding and Strobridge to boss them.”
“It had reached the final summit, more than five hundred miles east of the first summit above Donner Lake, all done in less than a year and a half, at a time when all the locomotives, iron, spikes, fishplates, bolts, and more had to come from the East Coast.”
“The bolts and fishplates were carried in hand buckets to where they were needed.”
“The Chinese would swarm over it and throw off the rails, spikes, bolts, and fishplates and the process would be repeated.”
“When the sun rose, the Chinese would leap onto the cars of the first train, up at the end of track, and begin throwing down kegs of bolts and spikes, bundles of fishplates, and the iron rails.”
“He wanted ironcars with rails, spikes, and fishplates, all ready to go.”
“As the first train moved back, six-man gangs of Chinese would lift the small open flatcars onto the track and begin loading each one with sixteen rails plus kegs of bolts, spikes, and fishplates.”
“Sioux Indians had removed bolts and fishplates from the rail joint and torn down telegraph poles to pry apart the rails.”
“Dodge and his subordinates had piled up an immense amount of rails sixteen hundred carloads of track iron from the Chicago and Northwestern alone, spikes, fishplates, ties, and other supplies in Omaha, and had shipped enough to Cheyenne to keep the Casements and their men busy for a long time.”
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