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Richard Carter

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    Baldock & Virginis (1980s): Pallas & Zodiac (1990s)

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  1. I knew of the Warwickshire ring being done twice in a week - two handed plus a baby on board (it was one of the UCC Hewitts)
  2. Yes, and there had been back pumping at Braunston since time immemorial, of course - I suppose it is most effective where a compact flight separates two long pounds, which was not the case on the Warwick and Napton canal. How many pumps did BW have to install in a mighty panic in the 90s, was it seven? (Radford, Fosse, Woods, Welsh Road, Bascote, Itchington/Stockton and Calcutt), which all had to be working together to actually get water up to the Braunston level, whence it was further pumped at Napton and Braunston flights ...
  3. Was there back pumping there in the 1930s? I only know of it being installed in the 1990s between Leamington and Napton. The staircase has side ponds, so there was some concern about water use.
  4. This all makes sense - it looks like there was hardly a boat's length between the narrow locks! (here OS 25", 1905)
  5. The staircase 2 at Bascote is a real oddity, as it replaced two separate narrow locks during the 1930s widening
  6. This. When I worked for FBS in the 80s we always tried to call them pounds rather than ponds to flag up the fundamental difference that you can't pass through the flight without using them, whereas side ponds are an "optional" water saving device. But as far as I know it was a local usage and never really adopted as a official distinction.
  7. The 900 odd kilometres of navigation in that part of Serbia look at first sight like a good proposition for a pleasure boating network, albeit rather more Fenland waterways than Midlands canals (you can trace it on Google Earth, and there are a few road crossings with Street View). Then you read this in Wikipedia on the Great Backa Canal: According to a number of researchers, the canal is considered one of the most polluted reservoirs in Europe and poses a threat to human health among the people living in nearby settlements. At the bottom of the canal there is up to 400,000 tons of silt which contains heavy metals and oil waste which also reach the rivers connected by the channel — the Danube and the Tisa. So maybe not ...
  8. Visited this exhibition back in the summer, very interesting it is, too (now extended to the end of January). The Pasetti map is overwhelming, we managed to give the Austrian section full attention, but that's only about a quarter of it!
  9. Yep, good shout. Br. 129, no narrows and also no footpath marked on the early OS maps. Another one for the collection ... Interesting that this was not a swingbridge, given that there are roadways either side?
  10. There was a thread within the last year about this, specifically about the joint GU/Oxford stretch west of Braunston. So far as I know each canal is it's own case, but the Leicester Summit numbering must at least predate the building of the railways, as the railway bridges are inserted into the sequence with "A" suffixes (5A and 9A)
  11. It makes me realise it's something I never gave much thought to, but the vast majority of accommodation bridges, whether brick, stone, lift or swing, were wide enough for a cart, or to drive beasts over, and that footbridges (presumably with ladder access) were rare, except for boaters at locks. There's one just north of Foxton, which carries the footpath up to Gumley, and one at Crack's Hill near Crick (rebuilt in more recent years in a slightly different position), both carrying a marked footpath. The present one on the Welford Arm (Br. 2) replaces what the OS marked as a "swing bridge" It makes Br. 35 on the Leicester summit odd on more than one count, being as there is also no narrows - an afterthought, maybe, despite being numbered in sequence?
  12. Interesting - good find, thanks. I was also struck that even on the oldest OS maps there is no footpath marked either side of the bridge. This aerial view also shows nothing of the kind, the LIDAR ground radar maps draw a complete blank in the fields there too. Curious.
  13. Presumably since on the whole C&RT don't cope, the few stalwart copers who do cope need repairs more often?
  14. A look at the old OS maps says that in the 1880s Br. 35 was a footbridge with no narrows, which explains why it has so comprehensively disappeared. It is still marked on the 1950 6" map, but as that is "1899 survey with additions in 1950" it might already have gone.
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