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Midnight

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  1. Standedge tunnel.

    Yes they had them when I came through in August but only one was available for me
  2. Standedge tunnel.

    A lot depends on the height and shape of your boat and the water level on the top pound. My boat is quite high so I usually come out with a scrape or two on the front and rear of the hand rails. I got through only once without slight cabin damage and that was when the top pound was really low. Having said that I bend a fender eye on the gunwale that time. IMO it's unlikely for boats to suffer serious damage although I expect someone will have a different opinion. In the past CaRT handed out really powerful head torches which fitted the hard hats but this year the chaperone only had a Led placed on the rear hatch. I used my own head torch but lost it when I caught one of the low bits - ironically a few feet before the brick-lined Yorkshire end. I recommend using one of those Led work lights from Screwfix. Placed on the front of the roof it will provide a bit better lighting than what CaRT provide now. BTW I would remove any navigation lights or risk the tunnel removing them for you. I've been through quite a few times now and although I made a mental note last year not to do it again I probably will. I would recommend anyone who hasn't had the experience to do so. The scenery is brilliant and worth a few scrapes, low pounds and self-closing gates.
  3. 'Vollockies' versus Lock Keepers

    I have passed through both of these many times and often had to call CaRT out to get through. Sykehouse in particular has been a problem I think I only ever got through twice without help. When the lock keeper lived in the lock house we ended up on first name terms due to the number of times he had to come out and work the lock from the control tower or demonstrate the 'big stick trick' in the hydraulics. A case for a full time lockie if ever. PS the footbridge in Thorne is council owned CaRT don't help when that one is jiggered (often).
  4. CRT Not To Get EA Navigations, Yet

    Has there ever been any thoughts on the EA taking over from CaRT when the 10 year term finishes? Having experienced EA Navigations both up here in Yorkshire and on the Thames it's pretty obvious their standards are quite a lot higher than CaRT's.
  5. Trent Falls is easy, it's just the small matter that you tend to crap yourself for 20 minutes when it's rough.
  6. ...and around Trent Falls
  7. Yes that length will exclude some northern waters but you'd be surprised how far you can get with a bit of a sweat. The Calder Navigation and Huddersfield Broad are pretty much out but you would be able to reach Ripon apart from the very last lock. I remember trying to help Jim Macdonald in Elizabeth (61' 9" + rudder) to lock up that one a few years ago. He insisted he'd been up previously but Julie the lockie told us a new cill had reduced the length since that trip. It was the only the rudder preventing the gates closing that foiled him.
  8. Bingley 3 rise and 5 rise if you're unlucky
  9. Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock glass channels

    FYI Reply from Rangemoors Thank-you for your email. Yes, these four corner channels were part of the original stove. These were common across the stove industry but were phased out very quickly for no apparent reason other than supply - I would hazard a guess at 7+ years ago. Modern day replacements are a more robust glass fibre tape or ceramic equivalent and by modern standards, yes the glass should be sealed. Not only does this prevent gases escaping, but stops the stove from drawing in oxygen. Todays' standards are all about efficiency and controllability, which wouldn't have been so forefront when your stove was manufactured. Perhaps it was a deliberate manufacturing point, to allow addition combustion air in, but it's not something we could really recommend today. ENDS I will now order some of that fibre tape. Thanks Alan for the heads up.
  10. Diesel Problem

    You can syphon the tank using one of those cheap drill pumps from Screwfix or your local hardware store. Use a length of 15mm plastic water pipe to get right down into the bottom. You will need to change all the filters. If this is beyond you it might be easier to call an engineer.
  11. Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock glass channels

    It seems nobody except the AGA spares person has heard of the corner channels, perhaps only a few stoves were built like that? Pity I binned the remnants or I could have upped a piccy. Most of the time I ran it with the spinner virtually closed but the coals glowed red until I damped down with ash. When I hear back from Rangemoors I will order the tape above as it looks superior (and cheaper) to the stuff supplied by my local store. Nobody I have spoken to (except AGA) thinks there should be an air gap around the glass and listening to the above comments I tend to think a full seal is a better option anyway.
  12. Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock glass channels

    Thanks I've sent an enquiry and will report back when I get an answer
  13. Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock glass channels

    Mine also has the frame to hold the glass in place but there are (or were) four small right-angled fabric corner pieces with an internal channel that locate at each corner of glass. The frame then sits on top of these. AGA confirmed that the glass is held off the door frame and plate by the corners allowing air around the edges. They identified them as 'channels' but said they no longer supply them. The flue is clear I just replaced the flue pipe and rebuilt the stove with a new top plate. I bought it new in 2003 so it was all original until I replaced the top and collar. I must admit that it did seem to burn very hot (maybe that's what cracked the top plate?) even with the spinner open just a fraction. Since sealing the glass I suspect the fire would go out if I closed the spinner tight. Confused as you chaps - maybe I just need to adapt to having the spinner open?
  14. It seems AGA no longer supply replacement door glass corner channels for the Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock MK2 and the company they told me to contact also no longer supplies them. I recently took the glass out when doing a major overhaul only to find the four corner channels had disintegrated. My local stove shop sold me some sealing fabric and told me to use it to completely seal the glass but it seems these particular stoves need an air intake around the glass hence the need for the four corner channels. With the glass sealed the stove struggles to keep going overnight and I have to open the spin valve quite a way to get a flame and decent heat during the day. Anyone know a stove company that still supplies the channels?
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