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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
  2. 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. 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 prob
  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, t
  13. 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
  16. Some children, especially when indoctrinated whilst very young, grow up to become obsessed to the point where their canal mania exceeds even that of their parents. Regards, HughC.
  17. Beautifully fabricated on board by the Reverie Canal Trading company with whom I have no connection other than being a very satisfied customer. Regards, HughC.
  18. When we were very young and bought Avon the top bends were not good. Money was very tight and although we had dehogged her and replaced a good deal of planking the cost and complexity of the bends proved a step too far. We replaced the rotten sections with ferrocement based on expanded metal sheet and a rich mortar mix which ws cast in place and caulked where it abutted wood. We than ran the boat for some years and when painted the difference was noticable only to a very discerning eye. What was surprising was how flexible the repair was so drifting up to a lock cill one could see the bends fl
  19. Paint the bilge first. Regards, HughC.
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  21. I towed Daphne's sister Clara from Ken Keays' yard to Langley Mill in ,I think , 1978. It was during the worst storm in living memory at the time. I do remember that we had to cut our way through a variety of what CART now call 'vegetation' on the eleven mile. The owner subsequently burnt Clara and Avon was broken up at Puttenham. Regards HughC
  22. hughc

    Petter PJ3W

    We fitted the PJ3 to Banstead at Boot Wharf in 2000. ISTR to remember that it had a very substantial adaptor plate carying the ?Hurth 250 mechanical box. It certainly did not lack power when we paired Banstead with Meteor. For heavy full length boats the PJ series either wet or dry are a good choice. The air cooled version has of course a separate cooling fan rather than relying on the flywheel and this I suspect means that overall the cooling is more effective than either Lister or Armstrong Siddeley managed to achieve. Regards, HughC.
  23. The engine that is the subject of that thread is now running in Heyford. HughC
  24. And I still have for sale an ex standby HR3 with very low hours fitted with a Borg Warner 2:1 box on a proper Lister air cooled bell housing with variable speed governor. £1500. Regards HughC.
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