Canal News – Sept 20th & 21st

Canal News – Sept 20th & 21st

Tipton Canal Festival

Canal Festivities
20 – 21 Sep 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Tipton,
West Midlands,
DY4

A two day festival on the canal in Tipton.
A two day festival in Tipton with events such as:
• Static narrowboat parade
• Working boat interaction sessions
• Boat Trips
• Small animals from Dudley Zoo
• Birds of prey
• Model railway exhibition
• Car boot
• Black Country Classic Car Club exhibition
• Wolverhampton & Birmingham Triumph Club motorbike display
• Hog roast
• Live entertainment on and off stage
• Children’s rides
• Children’s interactive entertainers
• Trade & charity stalls/boats
• Local artists
• Tipton Camera Club photo display
• Water taxi service to Barge & Barrel

Tapton Lock celebration weekend

Tapton Lock
20 – 21 Sep 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Lockoford Lane
Chesterfield
S41 7JB

The second Tapton Lock celebration weekend is taking place on the Chesterfield Canal on the 20 and 21 September.
Last year was so successful, they’re doing it all again this year!
Junction Arts and the Derbyshire Countryside Service are offering two days of free activities including art workshops, nature walks, adventure activities and music.
Free parking also.

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Whitchurch Waterway Trust Boat Rally

Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal, photo by Adrian and Gillian Padfield

Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal, photo by Adrian and Gillian Padfield

20 – 21 Sep 2014
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Address
Whitchurch,
Shropshire

A boat rally on the Llangollen canal in Whitchurch.
A boat rally on the Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal. The theme for boat decorating this year is ‘The Horse’. Entertainment includes stalls, food, trading boats, a dog show, second-hand book stalls and more. You will need to book if you want to tie your boat in the Whitchurch Arm, otherwise the event is free.
For more information visit: http://www.whitchurchwaterway.org.uk/boatrally2014

Learn the traditional craft of Roses & Castles painting at The Canal Museum

Example of Roses & Castles decorative folk art

Example of Roses & Castles decorative folk art

20 – 21 Sep 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
The Canal Museum
Stoke Bruerne
nr Towcester
Northamptonshire
NN12 7SE

For more information, prices and availability please contact Louise.Stockwin@canalrivertrust.org.uk
Take part in this 2-day painting course to learn the traditional craft of Roses & Castles – the decorative art used to decorate working narrowboats.
For more information, prices and availability please contact Louise.Stockwin@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Rhymney Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Rhymney Railway

Rhymney Seal

The Company was incorporated on 24 July 1854 to build a 9.5 mile line from Rhymney Ironworks to a junction with the Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway at Hengoed. Powers to extend to the Taff Vale Railway at Taff’s Well were obtained in 1855, and a line from Crockherbstown to Bute E. Dock. Lack of capital and escalating costs made early years difficult – the Dock line opened in September 1857, but was not linked with the main line, which opened on 25 February 1858 (goods), 31 March (passengers). Trouble flared with the Taff’s Vale Railway over the shared Crockherbstown line, and on 25 July 1864 the Company obtained powers for a direct Cardiff – Caerphilly route and granted running powers to the London & North Western Railway – it opened officially on 5 September 1871, and to the public on 2 October. The 9-mile Taff – Bargoed line, built jointly with the Great Western Railway, opened for goods on 20 December 1875, and to passengers on 2 February 1876. The Company went to the GWR as a constituent in 1922, and the former loco works at Caerphilly was  the home of the Caerphilly Railway Society. The Society is now based at the Gwili Railway in Carmarthen, having moved due to continuing vandalism.

Llanbradach Footbridge Plate, Rhymney Railway

Llanbradach Footbridge Plate, Rhymney Railway

On display in the Chasewater Railway Museum

Llanbradach Station

Llanbradach Station

Looking north along platform 2 at Llanbradach railway station
This view suggests that there is only one platform at Llanbradach station.
This is not so – the opposite platform is located beyond the connecting footbridge Link about 100 metres away.
© Copyright Jaggery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

276 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004 Part 3 – Beattie Well Tank & Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway

276 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces
From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004
Part 3 – Beattie Well Tank & Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway

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View NW: buffer-stops right, Wadebridge left; ex-LSW terminus of branch from Wadebridge, closed completely 30/1/67. Local train for Wadebridge and Padstow in platform, headed by an LMS-type Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T.
Date 20 April 1964
Source From geograph.org.uk  Author Ben Brooksbank   Permission  Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

 

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Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1945 – Bulleid ‘West Country’ Pacifics – Southern Railway

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era
1945 – Bulleid ‘West Country’ Pacifics
Southern Railway

No.21C105, later Barnstaple, when new in 1945

No.21C105, later Barnstaple, when new in 1945

A slightly smaller edition of the ‘Merchant Navy’ class, embodying all the same features. 110 of these came out between 1945 and 1949, Nos.21C101-70, and 34071-34110 and 34091-34108 bore names associated with the West Country; most of the others had war-time commemorative names, chiefly air squadrons which took part in the Battle of Britain, which title is sometimes applies as a class name to these particular locomotives. Rebuilding of this class on the same lines as the ‘Merchant Navy’ commenced in 1957 and by 1959 thirty of them had been so treated.
Driving wheels – 6’ 2”, Cylinders (3) 16⅜”x 24”, Pressure – 250 lb., Tractive effort – 27715 lb., Weight 86 tons (as built), 90 tons (as rebuilt), BR classification – 7P5F.

No.34101 Hartland as rebuilt in 1960

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Teign Valley Line

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Christow, Teign Valley Railway

Christow, Teign Valley Railway

Teign Valley Railway

This line, authorised on 13 July 1863 in broad gauge between Bovey Tracey and Doddiscombesleigh, needed nine Acts before it finally opened on 9 October 1882, standard gauge between Heathfield (South Devon & Moretonhampstead Railway) and Ashton. An extension to Teign House, Christow was opened later. The line was built under GWR protection (the L&SWR had expressed interest), and the GWR worked it, despite its isolation, until the conversion of the SD&MR to standard gauge (23 May 1892). Ashton station had a timber platform and a raised causeway for access when the River Teign flooded, and the site of Chudleigh station is now beneath the A38 trunk road. The Exeter Railway gave the line a link to Exeter in 1903. The last passenger train ran on 7 August 1958, the last goods to Christow on 1 May 1961, the line closing completely on 4 December 1967.

Heathfield Junction,Devon. 1970

Heathfield Junction,Devon. 1970

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Canal News – September 13th &14th – Looking Busy!

Canal News – September 13th &14th

Looking Busy!

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Black Country Boating Festival
13 – 14 Sep 2014
10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Address
Bumble-Hole Nature Reserve, Windmill End, Netherton, DY2

Windmill End, Dudley

Windmill End, Dudley

An annual boating festival held in the picturesque Bumble-Hole Nature Reserve.
An annual boating festival held at Bumble Hole Nature Reserve, Windmill End, Netherton. The event has been running for almost 30 years, and is run entirely by volunteers. It has raised over £100,000 for charity over its history.
There are more than 200 boat, trade and charity stalls, boaters’ competitions, a real ale bar, a funfair and regular boat trips.
The festival is open from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, admission to the site is free and there is plenty of onsite car parking.
There are moorings for visitors attending by boat, and caravans and campers are welcome, but if you may need to book a spot.
For more information visit: http://www.bcbf.com/index.html

Heritage Open Days – Explore the West Midlands
13 – 14 Sep 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Birmingham Canal Main Line

Birmingham Canal Main Line

Address
Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre
Brasshouse Lane
Smethwick
West Midlands
B66 1BA
England

This September budding heritage buffs and canal enthusiasts will be able to get up close to the nation’s waterway heritage and find out more about the history of the canals in the West Midlands and Black Country.
As part of the events for Heritage Open Days 2014 the charity, Canal & River Trust, working in partnership with Sandwell Council and the Dudley Canal Trust, is offering free entry to two of the region’s best loved canal side destinations.
Starting at 10am on Saturday 13 September visitors to Galton Valley in Smethwick will be able to see the old Smethwick Pumping Station and the old steam engines which were used to pump water around the Birmingham Mail Line Canal. Meeting near Brasshouse Lane (B66 1DU) eager explorers will have the chance to take part in a nature walk and see how working boat people used to live and work at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
On Sunday 14 September from 10:30am visitors can explore the famous Dudley Tunnel & Limestone Mines, travel by boat through the tunnels and discover the wonder of the limestone caverns. They’ll also get the opportunity to enjoy a music and light show in the famous Singing Cavern and see the fossilised remains of creatures and plants which were once in the sea bed.
Price
Free entry
More information
Booking for the Dudley Tunnel boat trip is essential. For more information please email
http://www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk or call 0121 557 6265.

The Floating Market visits Ellesmere
12 – 14 Sep 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Banbury Floating Market

Floating Market

Enjoy a day out at the floating market when it visits Ellesmere on its national tour.
The floating market brings together a colourful collection of trading boats selling everything from herbal medicines to arts and crafts and narrowboat accessories.
While you’re there make a day out of it and explore the picturesque Shropshire Union Canal.
Trading boats
The RCTA is still taking bookings from trading boats. For more information and to book your place at one of these events visit http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/markets.html.
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact michael@canaltraders.org.uk.

Warwick Canal Fun Weekend
13 – 14 Sep 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
The Saltisford Canal Trust
Birmingham Road
Warwick
CV34 5RJ

Canal Festivities

Canal Festivities

A series of fun events organised by the Saltisford Canal Trust as part of the Heritage Open Weekend 2014.
A series of fun packed canal heritage events for the Heritage Open Weekend, at the canal-side gardens of the Saltisford Canal Trust in the centre of Warwick.
Attractions include music, refreshments, boat trips, tombola, craft stalls, model boats and a sensory garden. There will also be the chance to meet some alpacas and dwarf goats!
Admission is free, see http://tinyurl.com/mdnpnu2 for further details.

Salt Fest at Droitwich Spa
13 – 14 Sep 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Near WR9 9PA

Droitwich Canals, Vines Park, Droitwich

Droitwich Canals, Vines Park, Droitwich

Stay for the weekend on Droitwich Canal in Vines Park for the town’s Salt Fest event which celebrates Droitwich Spa past and present.
Find out more about the town’s salt heritage; visit the Roman camp and the many stalls and activities; enjoy the real ale bar and packed programme of entertainment.
For further information please call Tel: 01386 565355

Chasewater Railway September Gala 2014, Sunday – when the sun came out!

Chasewater Railway September Gala 2014

Sunday – when the sun came out!

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Chasewater Railway Gala September 2014 – Saturday

Chasewater Railway Gala September 2014 – Saturday

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Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1941 – Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacifics – Southern Railway

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era
1941 – Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacifics
Southern Railway

35026 as rebuilt

35026 as rebuilt

The first engine of the 4-6-2 type to run on Southern Railway metals appeared under conditions of some secrecy owing to war conditions during 1941. It was a 3-cylinder engine incorporating many novel features, including a thermic siphon, only once before used in this country, and a patent valve gear of O.V.Bulleid’s own design in which the primary drive is by means of chains enclosed in an oil bath. The novel design of wheels, reminiscent of Hackworth’s engines of early days may also be noted. It was fully streamlined, or air-smoothed, as it was referred to at the time. A new and somewhat peculiar numbering scheme was also introduced, in which the prefix 21C indicated the wheel arrangement – two pairs of bogie wheels, a trailing axle, with the C designating the three pairs of coupled wheels. The first engine, No.21C1 was named ‘Channel Packet’ and they were known as the ‘Merchant Navy’ class. Nos.21C2-10 all appeared in 1941-2, followed by Nos. 21C11-20 in 1944-5. Ten more came out after Nationalisation in 1948 with rational numbers, 35021-30, when the original batches were altered to 35001-20.

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These engines have done a great deal of heavy main line service on the SR, but the valve gear was not entirely satisfactory, and commencing with No.35013 in 1956 this was replaced by the Walschaert type and at the same time the streamlined casing was removed, with considerable improvement to the looks of the locomotives. Their original boxed-in appearance gave rise to their being somewhat irreverently described as ‘spam-cans’.
All of the class were rebuilt by 1959 and seemed likely to see a good many more years’ service.
Driving wheels – 6’ 2”, Cylinders (3) 18”x 24”, Pressure – 250 lb., Tractive effort – 33495 lb., Weight – 94 tons 15 cwt (as built), 97 tons 18 cwt (as rebuilt), BR classification – 8P.

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