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Tracy D'arth

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Notices from C&RT are getting crazier,  If the lock is losing water too quickly (?)  why will it be OK when the ground paddle is fixed?

 

Notice Alert
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Location: Lock 10, Curdworth, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Starts At: Lock 10, Curdworth
Ends At: Lock 10, Curdworth
Up Stream Winding Hole: Winding Hole, Curdworth Top Lock
Down Stream Winding Hole: Winding Hole, Curdworth Bottom Lock

Tuesday 21 July 2020 08:00 until Tuesday 21 July 2020 13:00

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair

Original message:
The Lock is closed for repairs on 21st July from 8am to 1pm. The Lock is losing water quickly but once the ground paddle is fixed, the lock will be fully operational again. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

 

 

TD'

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3 minutes ago, magpie patrick said:

Presumably the gates at the other end also leak

Exactly, but they regard that as being fully operational!  What standard do they apply?

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15 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Exactly, but they regard that as being fully operational!  What standard do they apply?

Poor ones unfortunately. 

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1 hour ago, Tracy D'arth said:

If the lock is losing water too quickly (?)  why will it be OK when the ground paddle is fixed?

The Curdworth flight has ground paddles at both ends of the locks, e.g. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3672660 . A fault with one of the paddles at the bottom gate end would allow the lock to drain, possibly causing a problem with completely filling the lock.

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28 minutes ago, andy3196 said:

The Curdworth flight has ground paddles at both ends of the locks, e.g. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3672660 . A fault with one of the paddles at the bottom gate end would allow the lock to drain, possibly causing a problem with completely filling the lock.

That's what I would think so fixing the paddle will sort the leak out stopping the lock from draining, simples.

Edited by Rob-M
Autocorrect

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1 hour ago, Rob-M said:

That's what I would think so fixing the paddle will sort the leak out stopping the lock from draining, simples.

Excellent.  Good old C&RT.

Can we find out which paddle was leaking?

TD'

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Well here we go again, in the middle of the "boating season " too.

 

Notice Alert

Middlewich Branch (Shrop Union Canal)
Location: Lock 1 (Wardle Lock), on the Middlewich Branch
Starts At: Lock 1, Wardle Lock
Ends At: Lock 1, Wardle Lock

Sunday 2 August 2020 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair


 

Original message:

 

Navigation is currently closed at Lock 1 (Wardle Lock) on the Middlewich Branch due to damaged paddles.

Our team will be on site to investigate as soon as possible.

An update will be issued on Monday 3 August.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/18036/lock-1-wardle-lock-on-the-middlewich-branch

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

 

 

There was a boat yesterday, in front of Swallow, that was reported as ramming the lock gate whilst going down, perhaps this is why?

 

The branch has been busy this week I'm told.

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52 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Well here we go again, in the middle of the "boating season " too.

 

Notice Alert

Middlewich Branch (Shrop Union Canal)
Location: Lock 1 (Wardle Lock), on the Middlewich Branch
Starts At: Lock 1, Wardle Lock
Ends At: Lock 1, Wardle Lock

Sunday 2 August 2020 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair


 

Original message:

 

Navigation is currently closed at Lock 1 (Wardle Lock) on the Middlewich Branch due to damaged paddles.

Our team will be on site to investigate as soon as possible.

An update will be issued on Monday 3 August.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/18036/lock-1-wardle-lock-on-the-middlewich-branch

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

 

 

There was a boat yesterday, in front of Swallow, that was reported as ramming the lock gate whilst going down, perhaps this is why?

 

The branch has been busy this week I'm told.

More likely a top ground paddle. Only one was working a few weeks ago...guessing the other one failed 

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2 minutes ago, frangar said:

More likely a top ground paddle. Only one was working a few weeks ago...guessing the other one failed 

Would  not have been like this if Maureen was still around......................................................

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14 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Would  not have been like this if Maureen was still around......................................................

We said exactly the same! 

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2 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Would  not have been like this if Maureen was still around......................................................

When she was there the lock filled at a reasonable rate, probably one paddle then would be faster than both of them full open now.

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8 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

When she was there the lock filled at a reasonable rate, probably one paddle then would be faster than both of them full open now.

Both top paddles on Wardle lock were cut back many years ago. Its an overlong grading lock for tolls and many not full length boats get dragged forward when going up. The nearside one especially was shortened. You can see folk racking them up and come to a sudden unexpected stop!

 

This made the lock safer, but slightly slower filling.

 

There was a bad accident there years ago, a boat hammered into the top gate and a woman went overboard off the bow. A younger Maureen pulled her out from under the boat, she knew where she would be.

 

Any problems on this lock were fixed PDQ or Maureen nagged the living daylights out of the lengthsman.

 

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