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Everything posted by archie57

  1. "The Boat People" is a very good film, if a little romanticised! It features real boaters, even if their names are changed! It would be good to see this restored and made available to all.
  2. I don't know who is responsible for maintaining this section, but the nicely cut towpath hedge puts those of many "navigable" canals to shame, CRT seems to have given up hedge cutting. (and seemingly most vegetation work......)
  3. Defo Kinver - tug "Usworth" I rather think, with "Jupiter" and "Byfield" beyond.....
  4. Takes me back, shame it's not in Smellyvision!
  5. Does anyone know what happened to the Coventry canal's Oldbury Reservoir? I can answer my own question (first paragraph) BW did that quietly! - Purley-Chase-manganese-mine-final-2.pdf (aditnow.co.uk)
  6. B W and it's successors seem quite happy to reduce the size of our waterways, I could give numerous examples where towpaths have been widened, bridges reduced in width - and tunnels(Edgbaston). I have said before that we must be the only country in Europe to do this!
  7. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/c1936-Grand-Union-Canal-Crane-Barge-Crew-Shrewley-Warwick-Area-Vintage-Photo/333757607699?hash=item4db580ef13:g:CvoAAOSwQ~Vfia3c
  8. Is that the "Chertsey" between the "Cypress" and the "Tay"?
  9. One way of dredging the canal!
  10. Impressive those Bowker and King tankers - you had to be well tied up when they went past - especially loaded! The "Ash" again with the "Comet" Close inspection of the photo will reveal it's not the "Betelgeuse".....
  11. It's the "Ash" rather than the "Betelgeuse"
  12. I think the concrete roadway was laid throughout to assist in the works at the time. The summit level was lowered as well to increase headroom in the tunnel
  13. Don't recall seeing this elsewhere! Does anyone realise it's only 4ft 6" deep, most people could probably walk out..... https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/midnight-kayakers-rescued-after-getting-4191708
  14. At Armitage on the T and M the canal was affected by subsidence from the nearby pit, hence the raised concrete banks. The powers-that-be decided the canal was too deep so tipped in material - trouble is they rather overdid it.....
  15. I well remember the Hollins Mill arm, and the demolition of the mill chimney, for which spectacle many locals turned out, on 1st October 1957 ( - having just looked it up!)
  16. Of course we mustn't forget that BTW started the trend of replacing wooden bottoms with steel...….(eg Asterope, Achilles)
  17. Very interesting! The Thin Lizzie at Old Ford I rather think is a 4 wheel mobile generator, and the unknown James Jones tractor is a Planet tractor from F C Hibberd. The Cob tractor is at the second lock down Tardebigge.
  18. Wasn't that the wooden Fox, ex - Seddons, with Lister SR3?
  19. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Letterhead-British-Transport-Commission-British-Waterways-Canals-1963/164177791829?hash=item2639c24b55:g:VrgAAOSwlNpeqCcL
  20. Thanks! - I dare say it's just a matter of time before it disappears completely. I've heard it referred to in the past as containing a million bricks - I wonder how wide of the mark that would be....!
  21. Thanks! - interesting to know they do exist...
  22. While on the subject, does anyone know the current state of the Rea aqueduct after the partial collapse of 3 years ago? And another question - do any pictures exist of the Teme aqueduct complete ie before the central arch was blown up?
  23. AFAIK Mr Sibley was 3-handed at this time, but there many two-handed boaters who would have no choice but to work the boats abreast if the locks were against them.
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