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Pluto last won the day on July 12 2011

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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. Cabin Strings

    Edenfield rope works in 1986, alas now demolished for housing.
  2. Cabin Strings

    There were a wide range of cotton lines used on boats, as the list made for Lancashire Canal Transport in the 1920s shows. The following letters give some idea of length, though this varies with use. The tow line was heaviest as it was used for towing boats in the docks and across the Mersey. The amount of twist also varied with use, and those used on textile machinery, such as on mules for spinning, were probably tighter than that used on boats, though the latter would also be fairly tight. There were numerous ropewalks around Lancashire where the warp yarn left on beams after they were removed from a loom was the usual raw material. Cotton rope was used in coal mines as it did not create static, and these two uses, mining and textiles, were possibly the mainstay of the industry, with rope for canal use just a side line.
  3. C&RT company cars

    I've seen too many good people on low incomes, and too many poorly qualified on high incomes to believe that. In effect, you are saying that the majority of people providing social services are not good people when, from my experience of those caring for the elderly, the vast majority are good, but on low wages.
  4. Are you sure about the last paragraph; they are a charity, so how they are organised should be controlled by the Charity Commission rather than by government.
  5. HS2 canal crossing points

    In our local newspaper, and a similar offer was available through many Northern area papers.
  6. HS2 canal crossing points

    I had an excellent run around the coast last November - Northern had an offer of an all day ticket on their trains for £10 - and we decided to stay on the loco hauled stock because of the comfort, rather than stop for an hour at Whitehaven.
  7. On the equalisation of the lock falls, this is lock 13. The first photo shows three sets of copings; an original at the bottom, and two above as a result of equalisation. In the seconf, you can see how the lower entrance has been built up as the lock subsided. The distortion of the lock chambers due to subsidence is probably the main factor in why gates on this flight are so heavy, though there are others.
  8. I should have noted that the fall of Wigan Top Lock is given at 15 feet 2 inches. This was the result of subsidence, and the locks were subsequently 'equalised' at least twice in order to reduce the water wasted by a 15 feet fall. In the photo, the arrow shows the top of depth markings chiselled into the stonework on Wigan Top Lock. The layers of stone above were added around 1900 because of subsidence.
  9. For the L&LC, these are plans for Wigan locks done in 1890 which show the exact size of the locks. The second plan is from 1934, and shows the dimensions of Yarwoods built short boats as 61 feet overall, to which the rudder and bow fender can be added to make at least 62 feet.
  10. Barney Boats

    Fed at Astley circa 1972. Andy Millward later bought her for the Gardner engine for Monarch, and she was then sold engineless.
  11. Chimney chain

    Would this chain be any good? ?
  12. David, it does seem they are jumping the gun a bit. We are told that internal consultation has not yet been concluded, hence the uncertainty about two areas, and there has been no official external consultation amongst those involved in canals outside of CRT. It is not really the best way to act when you are supposedly trying to be inclusive if decisions are being made before consultation ends. I feel that CRT management are still in thrall to government, and haven't really understood that they are supposed to be independent. Is it that government is pressurising management to make decisions irrespective of consultation - I mean, who would expect governments to do that!
  13. When did we lose 10v?

    Some years ago I wrote the history of Padiham Power Station, just prior to its closure. Looking at the notes I made then, Accrington Power Station in 1923 was generating at ^^00 volts and supplying at 440v and 230v AC to consumers, as well as at 460v and 230v DC, with traction - for their tramways - supplied at 550v DC. Colne and Nelson Power Stations also supplied at 230v. Could the 240v standard have been applied when large power stations were developed post 2ndWW which supplied the grid, and thus had greater line drops than local stations.
  14. Historic Boats for sale online

    That takes me back to working Lapwing on the Weaver when the ICI boats were still about. It was a good job the passengers couldn't see the approaching bow as we waited in one of the small locks for the packet to enter to work up together.
  15. Mystery canal infilling

    I don't think it was considered to be a canal as it does not appear in the 1888 Board of Trade returns. I would expect it to be similar to the Lee, with a lock around 18 feet wide by 100 feet long.