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Today in 2012 we were in the basin at Erqulinnes on the Belgian French border preparing to join in the protest cruise on the Sambre Oise waterway which had been closed for a few years because of a small subsidence of an aqueduct.. The Sambre river after Charleroi is very attractive and the locks are for the 38m peniche although unfortunately it is not used much by the commercials . It is a good link from Belgium to France and both ends are busy commercially but nothing in the center section except pleasure boats. Even now 9 years later it is still closed although work is now going on


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On this day in 2017 we arrived in Burgundy to find that the water pump had been damaged in the frosts during the winter and there was nothing we could do until a spare part arrived a few days later. The head is made of cast iron and was cracked. Before we left in the Autumn I had followed the same proceed for the last 16 years but obviously there was still water in it. After this I took the head off when we left for the winter and tipped some cheap gin in the bottom part.




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8 hours ago, John Liley said:

1960s 8.jpeg


... Lock gates, in places, were wound open by folk sticking poles in metal windlasses, then walking solemnly round in a circle. I don't know if that goes on ...





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I think this chap is about as solemn as it gets.


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On this day in 1978




Rugby Wharf


Seeing a rather battered old London Transport RF rekindled memories of Red Rovers and Sunday trips to check off numbers at LT bus garages. This vehicle was first in service in December 1952 on route 200 from Merton, and then transferred to Bromley, Muswell Hill, Edgeware, Dalston, Tottenham, Uxbridge and Enfield before being sold to Sheredes School, Hoddesdon as a school bus. Since then it has been bought for preservation and appeared fully restored in 2015.

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On this day in 2010 still before 7am






and at 7.05am


M180 bridge

River Trent


Compare posting this day 2020


looking astern (north)

at the bridge

7.10am by now


and by happenstance,

a pic on this day in 1978

as it was still being built:









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14 hours ago, PeterScott said:

On this day in 2010



River Trent at Keadby



and for those waiting for a morning tide ...

there was once a pub

the Barge Inn

with all manner of attractions for the navigator.






That's about the level of "attractions" you'd expect from somewhere which advertises its food as "fayre".

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