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hughc

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hughc last won the day on September 29 2014

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    wyrd, judith ann, meteor
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  1. We came though Star lock with four camping boats and the well respected if forthright steerer of the pair we had hired asked the people on the boat moored on the water point if they were filling their tank. They weren't and in response to it being pointed out that they should therefore not be there they just shrugged. She then breasted the pair up to them and indicated that there were two very large tanks that would take a while to fill. To reinforce the lesson twenty four children then trooped across their back deck to stretch their legs in the park alongside and then as children will were on and off the boats until he tanks were filled. Such fun.
  2. hughc

    On a PAR?

    And PRM comes from Percy Riley Motors the first boxes were adaptations of the Riley Nine gearbox I believe.
  3. What was daddy's car doing on the towpath? How did it get there? If there is vehicular access the next thing in the bridge hole will be a stolen car.
  4. There is soon to be a tripboat on the Derwent in Derby going upstream as far as Darley Abbey Mills. This was previously used by boats working off the Derby Canal. There are signs that at sometime in the past there was a lock to take craft above Darley Abbey weir.
  5. hughc

    The Caldon.

    It is possible to get a pair round. We did this with B&M campers and Banstead and Meteor. B.W. did bank protection work by laying gabions on the offside which reduced the width.
  6. If the engine is the marine version of the AS then it should have a lever attached to a bracket fastened to the fan shroud. This can be operated with a single lever and cable. If the engine is an industrial conversion then it probably has a simple plunger working on a spring connected to the governor inside the timing cover on the front of the engine. This needs a horizontal push mechanism (the spring will return it to the off position). The operating system for the gearbox depends entirely on the gearbox fitted. Have a word with Daniel(stagedamager on here) who is my son and has what is probably the largest known stock of AS parts and is based at Langley Mill Boatyard at the top of the Erewash. Regards, Hugh.
  7. I don't remember any of this fuss when we went through in 1974. Getting in and out was a bit of a problem though. HughC.
  8. Perhaps, with the latest crop of completely avoidable stoppages, most of which are the result of lack of maintenance and of which CART have been aware of for some time those who have leapt to the support of this totally unfit for purpose organisation might now consider signing this petition.
  9. I suspect that if the level and severity of the stoppages now happening in the North West were happening on the southern G.U. and its associated waterways then even this complacent and blinkered forum might be moved to collective action. The system is not as it was during the eighties and nineties the level of unplanned stoppages is far worse and this can only be due to the poor decisions taken by successive managements. Under funding is partly to blame but an apparent lack of empathy with the history and culture of the cut by CaRT management becomes yearly more apparent. Regards, HughC.
  10. I have signed this. It may be the first sign of effective opposition and pressure on CART.
  11. The Markeaton brook through Derby. There are apparently traces of wharfage in the tunnel under the Wardwick. Regards, HughC
  12. It must be the best part of forty years ago that we attended a public meeting in Ironville village hall called to discuss the restoration of the Cromford after the ECP&DA had organised work parties to clear the flight through the village. At this meeting the BW representative said that the restoration movement had to choose between the Cromford, the Grantham or the Nottingham only one was going to be viable. It was not too long after this that BW ripped out the top of the flight in order to 'safegaurd against a 100 year flood'. The only other place where this happened was on, I believe, the Huddersfield Narrow also in danger of restoration. Well we have had some serious flooding since then but not in Ironville nor would there have been since a plan was put forward to enable the flight to be used as a flood spillway. The Nottingam is of course a lost cause and the Grantham appears moribund which leaves only the Cromford so perhaps B.W. were not so far off the mark. Not of course that any navigation in the accepted sense of the word will ever be allowed past Ambergate.
  13. hughc

    Watford locks

    Anything under three summer days for Braunston to Langley Mill is good going, or it used to be.
  14. That is very very similar. We have rebuilt the wheels on ours and fitted them with modern tyres and generally overhauled it but other than that it is identical. Regards, HughC.
  15. If you would like to take your children or grandchildren cycling safely I have for sale an Alworthy 1930's family triplet. Built in Yorkshire not China I might add. Overhauled with new tyres and chains but everything else including Trivelox gears is original.Regards, HughC
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