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A metal or wooden plate bolted to the sides of two abutting rails or beams, used especially in the laying of railroad track.

[Probably from French fiche, peg (from Old French; see microfiche) + plate.]
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(Mechanical Engineering) a flat piece of metal joining one rail, stanchion, or beam to another
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a metal or wooden plate or slab bolted to each of two members that have been butted or lapped together.
[1850–55; fish < French fiche fix (see fichu) + plate]
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- A type of metal plate used to strengthen a joint (from fish, meaning "mend").
See also related terms for joint.
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Noun1.fishplate - metal plate bolted along sides of two rails or beams
plate - a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
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[ˈfɪʃpleɪt] N (Rail) → eclisa f
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Summary: The railway fishplate market continues to remain impacted by a slew of aspects that range from installation of the new rail lines and cost-effectiveness, to easy-installation of these lines
On May 17, a goods train derailed because two bolts of its fishplate were broken.
Apart from keeping an eye on the fog, the Night Patrol Team would inspect for any track fishplate damage, screw displacement and 9 km stretch train line in each direction.
According to Express (March 14, 2016) an unidentified man was detaching a fishplate on a railway line near Dera Ghazi Khan, when People's Party leader Manzoor Khan saw him.
In addition, vendors found the fishplate stiffeners are rusting, rust is developing in the double-walled frame rails (and they could not determine at what level unless they were broken down), window regulators and slide rails are rotting, cross-braces and the battery boxes are rotting, the rear cabinet supports are rotting and that the underside should be sand blasted and re-painted.
The enthusiasts ceremonially fixed a golden fishplate to the final rail joint to mark the volunteer effort.
"The reasons why this fishplate dislocated itself is the very focus of the investigations," SNCF head Guillaume Pepy said, adding the train operator would immediately start checking some 5,000 similar junctions throughout the French rail network.
A range of fine wines from Sauvignon Blanc from The Broken Fishplate, McLaren Vale [ETH] Australia to Escudo Rojo, Baron Phillippe de Rothschild [ETH] Chile is available.
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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.
Others include The Broken Fishplate, The Lucky Lizard and The Laughing Magpie.