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  1. Don't worry, it was Sarah at Glascote who recommended him! Maybe he's just having a few bad months.. or year. Ollie at Osborne Restorations is very helpful, he definitely knows his stuff. His workshop is great, an old boatyard on the Avon. He had some fascinating projects on when I called in, from huge ranges out of manor houses to tiny stoves from vintage yachts.
  2. Word of warning here.. Not sure if you remember but I had one of these stoves for sale recently that had a cracked top plate. I was recommended to contact the chap at Wolverhampton who was confident he could cast a new one using the original as a pattern. Stove top was dropped off, in April I believe, then things went quiet. I gave him a few weeks, still nothing, and now he won't answer calls or messages. Fantastic. So if anyone fancies a M/C class 1c in as new condition but minus a top plate let me know! And if you do by any chance read this Lee, you have my number.
  3. Might come with assorted cast iron garden ornaments then, of the Swedish kind.
  4. Isn't that one of Mr Burge's properties?
  5. Plenty of current "boat builders" should have a good look at that lower photo.
  6. Mmmm.. Greg K. Somehow the name rings a bell, I'm sure we've met before. Maybe it was over a plate of tripe n mash somewhere quaint.
  7. If that was the case I'd have hoped that CRT would have provided a suitable receptacle (maybe a skip?), as it was happening on such a regular occasion. Surely that would be better than basically saying to throw it back in the canal, even if it did cost extra to have it emptied. What would you suggest should be done with such items, if putting them in the bins isn't the done thing?
  8. When I used to be a part time steerer on the trip boat in Sheffield we used to return with a fine collection of crap off the prop most trips. It all went in the CRT bins but bigger items were left next to the bins for removal. Unbelievably we had a letter from CRT telling us that on no account should rubbish from the canal be left for collection with general waste! Not long after a full fire hose was retrieved from the prop and brought proudly back to the basin, we tied it in knots through the door handles of the CRT office.
  9. Exactly what happened to me at Stockwith. The last thing you want if it's your first outing on the tide really isn't it?
  10. Bad news indeed but unfortunately I think we all knew it was coming. To be honest the days of a keeper at Stockwith/Keadby/Torksey knowing enough about the river to give good advice has long gone anyway, it all depends who's on duty. At Stockwith recently I've had everyone from Neil, the former Torksey keeper who definitely knows his stuff to a bloke who openly admitted he was "off the bank" and didn't really have a clue. Going through Cromwell one winters day the old time keeper (Chris or Shaun, I can never remember which) said he was driving down to get me in Stockwith in the morning, and what time would I like him there!
  11. Yes, it's spread on the offside bank downstream.
  12. If there is only one paddle working we should have been directed to the correct side of the chamber by the keeper. With only ourselves in the lock it wouldn't have been complicated. I worked Hazleford myself and couldn't remember a paddle being out. But it had been a long day by then already.
  13. Unfortunately the old saying "you learn by your mistakes" is certainly true in boating. It's not bad pootling down the canal and cocking something up but it does turn nasty quickly on a river, especially in flood. Most of it is common sense, but some people don't have any. Like the bloke I met at Cranfleet who was amazed how fast the current was that day. He discovered this when he told his young son to jump off the bow and he would catch him and pull him out as he came past the stern.
  14. There's also the safe haven of the Nottingham Canal to sit a flood out. With passage on the upper (Beeston to Sawley) reaches being controlled by Cranfleet flood gates and movement through locks on the tidal section only by keepers there's not much point in venturing out in flood conditions anyway. People do though as in some places there's nothing physical to stop you, and every so often there's an accident to remind you it's not a great idea. Like the bloke who got stuck on Sawley weir and had to be rescued by helicopter. Or the couple that went over Stoke weir and capsized in their newly purchased narrow boat.
  15. Ok, let me tell you then about the innumerable times I've been worked through locks on the tidal Trent without incident. It's been great, no complaints at all. Well, ok, apart from the previously mentioned pillock at Keadby. But that's not bad in over 20 years using the river, like you said - nobody's perfect. But maybe that's because they're paid keepers, and some have actually been through a lock on a boat. If you want to bring your flask and sandwiches and play at pressing the buttons and controlling the pretty boats, at least get the basics of working your own lock right first.
  16. I can guess who that would have been. He makes you wait in the lock for half an hour for a boat that's only just left Stoke or Meadow Lane to save water.
  17. I gave up reporting back to CRT after the incident at Keadby lock when the pillock of a keeper shut the gates and turned the lock on me as I ferried across the river towards it. I phoned the Newark office directly, possibly my mistake, but never heard anything back or an acknowledgement of me reporting the incident.
  18. I'd argue that the old pedestals are better for self use, at least you can work the paddles independently, but I know what you mean- they are pretty foolproof, if a little slow. What's worrying is volunteer keepers giving poor advice, and not being able to work their own locks safely.
  19. I do most of my Trent boating in winter, when you work the locks yourself apart from on the tidal section. I recently had the pleasure of a couple of long days moving a boat from Keadby to Mercia Marina and noticed how things have changed since my last summer trip. Cromwell lock for example, used to be manned from early til late evening this time of year, now 9am - 4pm! But at least the keepers on there know how to operate the lock. At Newark Nether lock we were told that we would get through town lock but then "You'll have to moor below at Hazleford and go through tomorrow when someone is on duty" This was while she filled the lock with the wrong paddle, oblivious to the turbulence caused, something I would have thought was basic training. I can understand advice being given on the cautious side if someone doesn't look/sound competent, but we had already said Gunthorpe was our destination that evening. Not too many years back the last keeper you met on duty would radio ahead and ask colleagues to leave locks empty and bottom gates open, something actually useful.
  20. That's why you run the belt directly on the flywheel.
  21. I'd trade a bit of headroom to have the engine in the proper place any day. Having just spent a couple of long days moving a boat from Keadby to Willington that had a HRW3 in a stern engine room I can confirm that's definitely not the best place. Pardon? And I'm a short arse anyway, under 6' in my heels.
  22. I really don't get this tosh about not having a vintage engine in a livaboard boat unless you're part of the Fred Dibnah fan club. Unless a blow lamp is involved, it's generally a turn of a key to start the thing, and funnily enough it will carry on running until you stop it, much the same as a brand new one. Ok, every few days you might have to put a few drops of oil on something you may not understand, or put a blob of grease on a thingy wotsit. But it will make your boat move, and charge your batteries whilst adding interest when you get to busy locks etc. If it's in good condition when you buy the boat there's a good chance that apart from a yearly service it won't need anything. If it ever does require major work there's plenty of specialists around, and because they're also enthusiasts there's less chance of you being ripped off than calling the local Beta agents. (How much for a starter motor!?) Powering a narrow boat is like being on holiday for a Gardner, sitting there all nice and clean with a sump full of classic 30. You wouldn't believe the state of the inside of some that I've stripped down that were still running fine from road vehicles. If you want a boat with a 2LW in it then buy it, I'll pm you my number and you can ring me every time it won't start.
  23. To be honest the main issue with overweight vehicles using Smeath lane isn't the listed bridge over the canal, it's that the road isn't suitable for them at all. The 40 mph is ignored, there's a series of double bends with limited visibility where HGV'S have no option but to straggle the centre line of the road. It's up to anyone going the other way to get out of their way which isn't too bad in a car, but double decker school buses have recently started using the lane. A compounding problem is local hauliers on the power station ash job like to travel in convey, a meeting with a school bus wouldn't have a pleasant outcome.
  24. It's an ongoing problem with the lane, the weight limit isn't enforced at all as that would involve a detour of several miles. What really irritates me is that 80% of HGV'S that use it can actually get under the low railway bridge but as that's a slightly longer route it gets used as a rat run. Local power station ash traffic is the main culprit, to shave a minute or two off they use the restricted lane from 5 am every day. I asked one of the drivers once if he knew the meaning of "7.5T except for access". "I'm accessing the other end of the road" was his reply. I'd be quite happy to discover a few loose bricks under the listed bridge..
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