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  1. Is there a line of bubbles where the top gate of the right hand lock should be?
  2. Ceylon? (Now Sri Lanka)? There was a network in Colombo and a long one up parallel to the coast. The Buckingham Canal I think.
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  4. Just bumping this so it stays on View New Content I did a Google Search for "Yarwood butty Hound" and it came up with this thread, so that doesn't help!🤔
  5. Thank you @matty40s - I shoulda thought of that! so my memory was not failing me, I could have visited in a hire car in 89/90 and seen the restored canal (The memory of the project manager for the original works might be failing him though - he said it was early 90's!) To add, I think Enfys, much restored, is now operating on the Mon and Brec from Goytre.
  6. I'm off to have a look at the Neath Canal between Resolven and Ysgwrfa soon, the restoration of "about thirty years ago" needs redoing apparently. I'm dredging the old memory banks (something the canal probably needs as well!) but can't recall exactly when it was restored, part of the brain says early 1990s but another part seems to recall visiting in a hire car and seeing a boat moving. The hire car is significant as I bought my first car in August 1990 and generally didn't hire cars for local travel (I lived in Cardiff) after that. It may be a hired a car after 1990, it may be I made the trip in my own car, or it maybe this first siting of the restored canal was prior to August 1990. Can anyone help with when the canal was restored? Thanks all!
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  8. That was exactly my question, and it appears the answer was to serve a wharf on the Salwarpe - nevertheless the Barge Lock was built as part of the Junction Canal not as part of the Barge Canal.
  9. The locks were shortened, not lengthened. Cutting new recesses and moving the lower gates would have been much easier. That was my thought too - no extension needed, although I guess the new cill and recesses might need stronger foundations than the invert, so it may have been based on experience when building the locks Gate paddles A number of the locks modified in this way are quite close together so dewatering wouldn't have been a major problem, although as you suggest moving the top gates inward only involved dewatering the lock - as the crown of the arch is below water level it couldn't have been done with the lock in water, but it could have been done without draining the pound above. The more I think about it though, stop planks or a bund below the lock (or in it) would have been needed whichever solution was applied. For all the above, as @Pluto has pointed out before, it's what they thought to be true that matters, if they thought it was easier at the top... Just to add - the cynic in me wonders if they did this so it wasn't easily reversible - just in case some Thames Barge operator objected after the event.
  10. No - the "Barge Lock" is on the Junction canal, the Barge Canal (originally just the Droitwich Canal) had it's terminus in what is now Vines Park and had no access to the Salwarpe although there was a feeder pipe. I'd often wondered what possessed them to do it that way! New recess and cills at the bottom would have been so much easier
  11. Just tried that - easy to use and impressive results. Thanks
  12. Unless one can drain them they are almost as much of a liability closed as open, and they can't just be filled in as they have a land drainage function. The major difference comes when a failure occurs, if a lock wall starts to lean put a pipe through the lock and fill it in rather than repair it, but even this isn't cheap. Even draining them isn't as straightfoward as it sounds - there are bits of the Dorset and Somerset Canal, which never opened, which hold water 228 years after the company gave up building it, and the Coal Canal summit was deliberately drained and the lining punctured after closure - bits still hold water after heavy rain. One of the factors that enabled the early restorations was that "something had to be done" with a decaying asset, and making the canals safe or eliminating them was as expensive as restoring them - the Newton Heath shallows on the Rochdale is a case in point, the canal was filled in to a few inches below water level to make it safe - this was hugely expensive and not that successful, as accidents still happened and rubbish thrown in the canal stayed at the surface. The cost of eliminating the Bentley Canal, near Walsall, was more than the cost of restoring it although the way it was done did at least largely remove future maintenance requirements. To properly eliminate a canal one needs to rip the lining out and pipe the water before filling it in - if this isn't done then the canal remains a liability. I had a phone call from a contractor recently, working on a site near Shrewsbury: they'd been excavating a trench and suddenly had lots of water to deal with - the trench had gone across the bed of the Shrewsbury Canal, which had been filled in with rubble and then had a layer of blacktop applied, under the blacktop it was still gathering water from the uphill side and redistributing to heaven knows where. One more example, when the Derby Canal at Draycott was filled in, the nearby railway started to flood, and Network Rail (or RailTrack - not sure which it was then) paid for it to be dug out again.
  13. There was a tendency to overcomplicate these things at the turn of the millennium, two locks on the Huddersfield Canal had pedestals with hydraulic pumps to work the gates, I think these were eventually replaced with cranked balance beams. Edited to add, there was a tendency to assume these things would never be needed. I seem to recall it took quite a bit of persuasion to get Tuel Lane lock long enough for seventy-two foot narrow boats. So maybe this was just a permanent towpath that could be moved but no one really expected it to ever be used.
  14. It looks to be maintained as part of a park, which is quite a USA thing, I've been to half a dozen sites where bits of canal are maintained in this way - and have a hit list of a few dozen more if I ever get back there.
  15. Thank you! You're super-speedy in that response. I've taken an interest in canals of New York State but haven't got far with the Black River Canal yet. Believe me it's not a UK canal, even without the evidence that Matty has provided. I could do to work out how to use Google image search though! Thanks both of you for looking it up.
  16. My flat is 220 yards from the Parish church and level with the top of the spire. At times like this I find this reassuring... 🌧🌧
  17. I've lifted this pic from a Facebook post (it was on the CWDF Facebook group which I don't often bother with) - the poster was trying to make a point re lack of funding for canals but I will admit I don't know where this is save I'm pretty sure it's not in the UK or Ireland. It's an abandoned four-rise and I can only think of one such in the British Isles - Norwood on the Chesterfield and it doesn't look like that! The other two, Watford and Muirtown (Caledonian) are still in use. France? USA? Anybody know? Just curious that's all.
  18. The imagery is wonderful, but I suspect the reality, even if I had a few million Euros to spare, would be pouring rain and either too much wind or too little, I can see me being becalmed in a downpour somewhere off Weston-Super-Mare
  19. Those with longer memories may recall I used Easy Start to get Lutine Bell home in 2017, every start from Reading to Bath was assisted by the stuff. I always intended this as "get home" not a long term solution. I also used it to get an elderly Mercedes engine in a fishing boat started as time and tide wasn't on our side. The main thing to note is the Easy Start does not fix the problem. It gets the engine started but if it is needed once on a cold start it is probably always needed on a cold start - it addresses the symptom not the cause. This isn't the engine being addicted, it is the engine being knackered. Lutine's Lister ST2 also needed a daily oil change - it wasn't addicted to oil it was just using a lot of the stuff. There is a song out there with the line "a daily oil change and a can of Easy Start" - the song is titled Lutine Bell, and inspired by real life events! Pedant alert - Denmark is about the same latitude as Scotland, but if diesel engines were made in Inverness I'd expect them to have manifold heaters...
  20. a 12 foot 6 beam will physically fit through the GU tunnels, it just needs managing, whereas a wide beam turning up at the narrows on the Rochdale won't get through at all, even unoficially There is probably also the matter of the 1968 Transport Act on the GU, as ISTR this specifies that cruising waterways must be maintained for craft typically navigating in 1967 (or something like that) whereas the Rochdale is a remainder waterway.
  21. I can hardly blame CRT for following the trend and describing "spend on maintenance" as "investment", perhaps I should invest in a service and MOT for my car rather than spending money on it, might sound better to the bank manager....
  22. This is possible as the first through route to connect was the Thames and Severn Canal, which was the first, and briefly the only, through route between Manchester, the Midlands and London/Oxford. This would open the upper and middle Thames to a number of craft that were unfamiliar to the regular users of the river.
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