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Leaking Canal

Worcester Bar
A disused railway tunnel passes under the Worcester and Birmingham Canal between Gas Street Basin and Salvage Turn. Water has started leaking into the tunnel, presumed to be from the canal, and investigations are required to identify the source of the leak and to fix it.

A pair of temporary dams have been installed with the water pumped out between them.
The first picture, from the footbridge at Worcester Bar shows a workboat moored in the narrows to prevent other boats approaching the dam.
The dams
Looking along the canal, from the same footbridge, we can see the blue sheeting for the nearer dam, with the water pumped out from behind.
Drained canal
Alongside the drained section the pump can be seen, running slowly to keep the drained section empty.

The supports for the temporary dam can be seen better from this side.
Salvage Turn
Viewed from the other end, the drained section is visible between the two temporary dams.

A "fish rescue" has removed all the fish to the main canal and, presumably work will be going on to identifty the leak and to fix it.

Posted on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 11:25

Category(s): Worcester & Birmingham Canal

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Sue steering No Problem down the Wolverhampton 21 Locks
Yesterday I helped work No Problem down the Wolverhampton 21 Locks. It's nice to have a little exercise on a fine winter's day.
No Problem's Crew
Vic, and Ann from Moore 2 Life who was visitng for a few days, kept ahead of us to set the locks and we finally caught up with them at the bottom lock.

Lunch was provided before I left them heading towards the Shropshire Union Canal and I walked back to Wolverhampton.

Posted on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 14:38

Category(s): BCN , No Problem

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February 2015 updates

The February map updates, issued last week, include more free canal maps. I make all the maps for the resotration projects and disused canals free to download.

The new maps inlcude the Stafford Riverway Link Map , mentioned in my previous blog.

They also include a new one covering several restoration projects and disused canals
> Cromford Canal
> Derby Canal
> Nottingham Canal
> Nutbrook Canal
As the maps all overlap they are released in one as the Cromford, Derby, Nottingham and Nutbrook Canals Map.

Posted on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 15:33

Category(s): Maps

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The montly updates for February 2015 updates are available, marked as issue 35, for those maps where I know of changes. Many of the changes are very minor, but I like to keep these the most up to date waterway maps available.

These include the following cruising maps

England & Wales

Droitwich Canals
Forth & Clyde and Union Canals
Grand Union Canal – All
Grand Union Canal – Central
Grand Union Canal – Leicester Section
Grand Union Canal – North
Grantham Canal
River Severn
River Trent
Trent & Mersey Canal
Worcester & BIrmingham Canal

Avon Ring
East Midlands (Leicester) Ring
Mid Worcestershire (Droitwich) Ring
Stourport Ring
Stafford Riverway Link

Anyone looking carefully at the map, above, will have spotted a newly reseased map covering the Stafford Riverway Link.

This shows the route of the proposed link following the River Sow into Stafford. Potentially a mixture of resotration of the former River Sow Navigation and new work.

Like all the restoration projects the Stafford Riverway Link Map is free to download.

Posted on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 20:22

Category(s): Map Updates

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Oxford Canal DVD
Another great pair of canal DVDs are released from Waterway Routes covering the .

Our cruise takes us northbound from Oxford to Hawkesbury Junction. Entering the Oxford Canal through the southern link from the River Thames, the Sheepwash Channel, we pass through Oxford. Then see the northern entrance through Duke's Cut and cruise north to Banbury.

Continuing our climb through the narrow locks we reach the summit pound before descending past the windmill at Napton.

The route shared with the Grand Union Canal will bring us to the attractive Braunston Turn where we turn left towards the double locks at Hillmorton, to reach the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction.
Oxford Canal DVDs
These are 1 hour DVDs retailing at £12.95 for the Popular version (rather like a television programme) and £7.95 for the Bowcam version (a speeded up forward facing camera for a little fun).

There’s also a Combined version at £19.90, with both Popular and Bowcam in one box saving £1 on the separate prices (and at least £1 postage).

They are in stock now, just waiting for you to order them, or any from our great range of canal DVDs.
Oxford Canal Cruising Maps
These DVDs are supported by the Oxford Canal Cruising Maps, available in Acrobat (pdf) and memory-Map (qct) formats.

The Oxford Canal DVDs (and all the Waterway Routes DVDs) as well as lots of other great ideas for Christmas will also be available from The Canal Shop Company (as soon as the postman delivers the box to Neil).

Posted on Saturday, 6 December 2014 at 13:55

Category(s): Christmas , DVDs , Oxford Canal

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