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Captain Pegg

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  1. So has anyone actually been denied the ability to moor at Braunston this past week or is this all hypothetical? I did moor my (non-historic) boat on the puddle banks on the approach to Braunston the week before the festival a couple of years ago. It was busy with boats visiting specifically to spectate at the festival which was also my purpose for being there. It would have made little sense to have had early arriving 70’+ plus historic boats mooring on the fringes because they would still have been in the way of other visiting boats who couldn’t legitimately use a 48 hour mooring either. It would certainly have likely stuffed up my plans. Then there would need to be a mad shuffle on the Friday. By far and away the easiest solution is to allow the displaying boats access to the moorings they are to use for the festival on arrival. There’s no incentive to leave your pride and joy moored on the towpath unattended for any longer than is practicable. JP
  2. At Droitwich the majority of the 48 hour moorings are taken up for about a month around the festival. Nobody complains because without it the festival wouldn’t happen. No historic boats are involved. JP
  3. Yes, there are risks involved in buying a boat or a house and they cannot be eliminated so you do due diligence such as getting a survey. You have to remain objective though, and citing generic cases of sinking where you don’t know the cause is not objective. The relevant advice to the OP is to do the necessary due diligence; and even then it’s relative to the level of risk they are comfortable taking. Anything more is alarmist. JP
  4. They aren’t ridiculous posts Alan. The initial advice from @70liveaboard was something along the lines of “The steel should not have deteriorated much in 2 years but it’s always a good idea to get a survey on a craft of this age”. That is accurate and sound advice. There are always exceptions to the norm in engineering but you can’t make day to day decisions based upon exceptional circumstances and that’s exactly what the two instances you reference exhibit. Steel does not rapidly corrode without catalysts and if there is no apparent change in environment there should be no expectation of a change in the rate of corrosion (which in normal environmental conditions is very very slow). JP
  5. Are you aware of this site? Hugely detailed advice and information on European train travel. https://www.seat61.com/index.html I’ve only ever flown within Europe twice for holidays and once for business (to Prague). I’ve been by road maybe 15 times and by train more times than I can remember. I travel regularly to Brussels (for EU work 😀😀) and always go by train even though it takes longer to get from home to London than it does from London to Brussels. I once did a three day return trip for a one day seminar in Hoorn in North Holland. Went by slow train from Brussels because it was dirt cheap. Budget airlines and the Channel Tunnel have all but killed off the most enjoyable way to get to Europe - ship and train. I never get bored travelling long distances by train as long as I’ve got a window seat. Can’t say the same about aircraft. For a weekend in Budapest in a few weeks time I will spend two days getting there and two days getting home again with overnight stops in Stuttgart each way. French TGVs are near emission free as they are ultimately a mostly nuclear powered train. JP
  6. Same as pretty much any festival or trading event for all or any type of boat. Book into one and give yourself a sense of entitlement. JP
  7. Yes sorry. I was being smart arsed. Check what you originally wrote versus the above. Not sure if it was George or Robert or both though. JP
  8. Are you sure? The design isn’t particularly unusual; an arched beam that acts in compression with its ends tied together. The strengthening at Gauxholme post-dates the Dee collapse by over 50 years. More likely the consequence of increasing loads and fatigue. There are very few surviving cast iron railway bridges in the structural sense although many retain cast iron elements for decorative purposes. JP
  9. Both notable for the significant skew angle which would have been a challenge and explains the scale of construction. Gauxholme clearly has some aesthetic considerations judging by those castellated piers. Might explain why the original structure was left in situ. Of course there was also plenty of construction depth available to work with. It’s impressive but it ain’t necessarily pretty. One day I’ll get to inspect it from underneath. JP
  10. No track on that bridge though, probably why it still survives as a cast iron structure. Very nice all the same. The railway was deviated onto a less inspiring structure built alongside which is surprisingly well hidden in that view. It’s also west of Rochdale which is supposedly yuck but I noted when up there last there are some distinctly rural bits of canal once clear of Manchester. JP
  11. It’s half redundant. It’s essentially two bridges. The lower plate girders - a later addition - do all the work and the upper cast iron structure is probably only there as a facade these days. JP
  12. Absolutely. Just like canal companies their allies and enemies changed depending on the politics. The LNWR and MR were competitors that were united in their joint hatred of the GWR. That the NSR survived as an independent company until 1923 while owning a small part of the shortest route from London to Manchester is surprising. Deviant buggers they were too. Mileposted their railway backwards, ascending in the up direction. Probably had a left handed Chairman. JP
  13. Presumably it was in the capacity as a carrying company that they had the warehouse. There were FMC warehouses around the network and they didn’t own any canals. It was also not uncommon on railways to find warehouses of companies off-territory as it were. JP
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