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54 minutes ago, Athy said:

Today Mrs. Athy and I should have been arriving home after a week's hire-boating on the Canal de Garonne. Obviously that trip got cancelled. So thanks, in particular,  to Dav and Pen and to John  for posting lots of lovely French waterways views, which have helped soften the blow!

You are more than welcome I have enjoyed looking for them and thinking about the good times we had over there. 

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More on the Mosel. The line alongside still had steam haulage, the electrification plan having hit problems in the tunnels. One of these things came to a stand one evening in this position on the bridge and we got the full display: the hissing of steam, the clatter of fire-irons, beams of light when the firebox door was opened, then the wailing of the whistle and the gathering of power as the signal turned to green.

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On this day on 2002

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On 16/05/2020 at 13:56, Rob-M said:

A couple of disused locks

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Sadly @Rob-M I don't know where they are ?

 

Here's a waterway that doesn't see trains any more, ...

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and a train

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Street view.

 

52 years ago.

 

If all else fails the nice Mr Google knows where it is.

 

And here's a video.

 

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On 16/05/2020 at 13:56, Rob-M said:

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... disused lock

 
21 minutes ago, PeterScott said:

Sadly @Rob-M I don't know where they are ?

 

6 minutes ago, Rob-M said:

Another taken close by [Saul Junction G&S] One is Junction lock ...

Aha, thanks. Yes I do have one of those from 1980.  Improved gatepaddles and gate beams; paddles sent me thinking 'L&L'.L03164.jpg.dcc6856edd2df4b86ca5fe8faeaa2b30.jpg

 

 

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40 minutes ago, PeterScott said:

 

Aha, thanks. Yes I do have one of those from 1980.  Improved gatepaddles and gate beams; paddles sent me thinking 'L&L'.L03164.jpg.dcc6856edd2df4b86ca5fe8faeaa2b30.jpg

 

 

New gates were installed in 2016 to protect the listed structure.

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This day finally back at our base. Pont Royal on the Burgundy canal after another 13 locks down from the summit. A very small hamlet now but a nice little port with electricity and water. The big house was the port managers but now a B and B. 
The towpath opposite is now a Tarmac velo route part of a huge network that has had millions of euros of European money spent on it.

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A game-changer in the days when less than a handful knew or cared about waterways was the publication in 1949 of an issue of The Architectural Review. Its cover depicted "Mr Joe Hollinshead, retired boatman who personifies the tough independent spirit which built and runs our canals."

 

Totally devoted to waterways, it was produced by Eric de Mare* after a lengthy tour of the system in a converted pontoon called Pyrrha. Splendidly illustrated with the author's own photographs it enticed many, including my own family, into this alternative world. My brother, 10 years older than myself, aspired to be an architect at that time - hence us getting to see the magazine. It has appeared in book form since as The Canals ofEngland.

 

Whenever to topic crops up of verses on lock beams or special lighting, I think of this volume and the message it conveys. That the poetry is there already.

 

* Pronounced De Marray (I don't seem able to do accents in this format)

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19 hours ago, PeterScott said:

 

Aha, thanks. Yes I do have one of those from 1980.  Improved gatepaddles and gate beams; paddles sent me thinking 'L&L'.L03164.jpg.dcc6856edd2df4b86ca5fe8faeaa2b30.jpg

 

 

I am fairly certain that these gates were originally made for Tarleton Lock, but were found to be of the incorrect size. The lock is wider than other L&LC locks. The local BW yard then offered them to anyone who could make use of them, and they ended up on the Stroudwater.

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1 hour ago, Pluto said:

I am fairly certain that these gates were originally made for Tarleton Lock, but were found to be of the incorrect size. The lock is wider than other L&LC locks. The local BW yard then offered them to anyone who could make use of them, and they ended up on the Stroudwater.

The display they had out when replacing the gates had details of the gates coming from the L&LC which was why the new gates had to be of the same design.

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