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    European inland waterway history, including the transfer of technology during the early industrial revolution; wooden boat construction on inland waterways; the history of opening bridges; and the L&LC.

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  1. The BW font from the 1972 BWB Waterway Environment Handbook.
  2. MT52/105 at Kew contains a digest of Frank Pick's 1941 report.
  3. This is scanned from the 1969 BWB annual report, the first time the logo was used. They stopped using it between 1988 and 1991, though I haven't identified exactly when.
  4. The use of the tramway was quickly overtaken by railways after they opened between Wigan and Preston, which accounts for the early demise of the tramway. Part of its route near amber ridge was used by a railway. The Ribble bridge is certainly a more modern structure, but it does help preserve the route of the tramway in the Preston area, and provides a useful footpath link between the town and Bamber Bridge. The original road bridge a little downstream was built using an 18th century lottery. Perhaps a new tramroad bridge can be supported by a 21st century lottery.
  5. The original bridge, with the incline up to Avenham Park on the right.
  6. It is not the Runcorn-Widnes transporter, which was demolished when the new bridge opened c1963, but the surviving one in Warrington, near Bank Quay.
  7. Flash locks were usually found where the navigation was flowing water. The possible fall at the lock would depend upon the slope of the river/canal below the lock. Lock falls varied, approximately, between eighteen inches to five feet. If the river was fairly level below the lock, the flash of water would raise the water level sufficiently to make passing a large lock fall possible. On the Stecknitz Canal, lock falls varied from around 0.35 metres to 1.5 metres. In 2009, the Deutsches Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft published an article on the water usage of the locks on the Stecknitz Canal by
  8. While there is some truth in ex-military getting an easy number on canals, those in charge of the D&IWE did have some considerable knowledge of inland waterways.
  9. It was used by small tub boats, hence the size of the tunnel.
  10. I suspect the key is that they were nationalised under a transport act, and so only waterways which were carrying significant tonnages were included, together with all railway-owned canals. I believe there was much discussion over the MSC/Bridgewater, with Manchester's Labour council eventually winning out, given the importance of the canals to the city's income. The Rochdale was still carrying between Castlefield and Ducie Street, as the photo of the 1950s traffic book held in the Waterways Archive shows. However, I seem to recall that the Rochdale was putting together a closure bill around t
  11. This is the Silsden mill where the engine still survives. It is not the usual Room & Power set-up, as they were mainly single-storey weaving sheds.
  12. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  13. In their parents house. Atilla was moored at Birmingham University, behind the sports centre.
  14. These are two of the more interesting, with one from 1971 I found at BW's Wigan office, and finally one of me steering Atilla in 1971 at Ducie Street rally.
  15. Amongst Roger's slides, I have a couple which, although without exact date, are from around that time. There are some on the Ashton, but probably taken from Atilla, rather than of the boat/crew.
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