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  1. The LNER did: Photo A J Hall. Preserved Joel was another. Other boats were: Scotia, Flora, Mary, and Trojan. There may have been others but I have not been able to track them down.
  2. https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2020/01/15/bridge-damaged-after-suspected-stolen-car-crashes-into-police-vehice/
  3. Not very clear as it is a still from "Painted Boats." Get one of these scaffold frogs and you could carry a handcuff key as well.
  4. PRESS RELEASE 16 January 2020 NEW WAVE: PLAY YOUR PART IN THE SECOND GOLDEN AGE OF CANALS Community spirit is alive and well on the nation’s canals with record numbers of people volunteering, says the waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust. To meet the growing demand from people to spend time helping to care for its waterways across England and Wales, the Trust is expanding the number and range of volunteering roles that if offers: everything from the iconic lock keeper to teaching children about water safety; from inspiring youngsters to take up fishing to supporting its wide range of professional teams. Richard Parry, chief executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “As we enter a new year, and a new decade, we are delighted that so many people want to support the Canal & River Trust and make a difference to their local community. “On the waterways, community spirit is very much alive and well, with our canals and river navigations at the heart of such a diverse variety of villages, towns and cities across England & Wales. And, with so many ways to get involved, 2020 can be a year when more people take positive action for their local canal, for their community, and – because we know that volunteering and spending time outdoors, by water, is good for wellbeing – for themselves.” In 2019 Canal & River Trust saw record numbers of people volunteer 671,000 hours of their time to the waterways. There was a 27% increase in the number of volunteer lock keepers across the network, to 1,130, and the first volunteer to record a staggering 10,000 hours of volunteering time since the charity’s formation in 2012. Richard continues: “With more boats on the nation’s canals than at the height of the Industrial Revolution, and research showing that spending time by water helps people feel happier and healthier, it’s a great time to discover Britain’s waterways. “Far from being industrial relics or unloved backwaters, the dedicated efforts of thousands of volunteers have made canals the heart of the communities they run through. And with a remarkable 50% of the population living within five miles of a canal or river navigation, they are perfectly placed to provide free, accessible, natural environments where everyone can come to unwind and to embrace a happier and healthier lifestyle.” In 2020 Canal & River Trust is building on the popularity of waterways volunteering by creating an even wider range of volunteer roles. Opportunities include: · Volunteer lock keepers and towpath rangers Volunteer lock keepers and towpath rangers offer a friendly welcome to visitors and boaters and help people get to know their local canal. The Trust is offering more flexibility in terms of time commitment and scope of these ever-popular and iconic roles, with some positions still available in a few spots across the country. · Education volunteers Volunteers work with schools to teach pupils about water safety and anything and everything canal-related, inspiring the next generation of waterway-lovers. They can also take part in running activities on the towpath, at canal festivals, and local fairs. · Let’s activity volunteers Volunteers for the Trust’s Let’s Fish programme help host hundreds of free learn-to-fish events for all the family. The Trust is building its Let’s activity programme and there will be further opportunities, for example walk leaders, throughout the year. · National Waterway Museums and attractions The Trust’s three museums as well as iconic attractions such as the World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or Standedge Tunnel - the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel – all offer volunteer opportunities. · Towpath Taskforce Towpath Taskforces are flexible opportunities for volunteers to come along whenever they’re free, whether that’s once a month or more regularly. Tasks can include lock-painting, hedge-planting, weeding gardens, litter-clearance from land and water, repairing towpaths and more – depending on what’s most needed in that area. Richard concludes: “The arteries of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, the waterways were once in danger of being forgotten about when the demand for waterborne freight declined. We owe a debt to the hard-working volunteers who helped to save them. It’s heartening to see this passion for the waterways continue, as a new generation of volunteers continues to give us its support. Our passionate volunteers have helped our charity to achieve so much and, with the waterways busier than ever before, we are enjoying a second Golden Canal Age, their benefit to people everywhere now firmly established.” For further details please visit our website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer -ends- For further information, images or interviews, please contact: Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust m 07796 610 427 e [email protected]
  5. This is what happened to common sense: Obituary: Common Sense Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, why life isn't always fair, and how, on occasion, maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are in charge) . His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing. Author unknown
  6. Mark Williams also featured in the Industrial Revelations series steering several ex working boats.
  7. The retired narrow boat captain I visit once said to me: "Perhaps I can't read Ray, but I can count money."
  8. @nicknorman For Nick Norman. Inspecting the overhead power wires.
  9. Other examples: Tixall Wide: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tixall_Wide Solomon's Bridge, Cosgrove: http://www.cosgrovevillage.co.uk/Solmons Bridge Cosgrove.pdf
  10. The section of the Coventry Canal which was built by The Fazeley & Birmingham all had bridge names, not numbers, from Fazeley Junction to Whittington. The B & F was constructed between 1770 and 1789 and subsequently became part of the BCN in 1794.
  11. https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/transportcomms/canalsrivers/overview/canal-acts/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_and_Canal_Traffic_Act_1854
  12. "In the lay-by" the boats are waiting......" Bulls Bridges depot, the " Lay-By" in BW days. Photo: credit Bill & Edith Hunt Waterways World December 1977. Second Photo Credit: Waterways World June 1992. The Paddington Arm goes off to the north.
  13. I wonder if Pirtek may be of use? https://www.pirtek.co.uk/
  14. Ray T

    X Alan W

    Oh! that is very sad news. I used to have some wonderful "chats" with him on the PM system. Thank you for letting me know.
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