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Made in Britain

Sounds like I’m ready to knock something and yes I am but please don’t get me wrong. I know a lot of what was made in Britain and what still is made in Britain is excellent … excellent engineering, innovation and of the highest quality. But not swing bridges no – ok, ok I know they’ve only had 200+ years to get it right and probably they weren’t and still are not thinking about the lone traveler but who can’t spell for toffee’s but what a day…

Probably its just me misunderstanding the whole point of what engineering is for – to make it easier, more efficient more conducive to (in this case) traveling on the canal, yes that’s it…it’s just me again.

Swing bridges that leave one on the wrong side of the canal so unable to access the boat once the bridge is open…I was thinking maybe the barge pole could be used as a pole vault to get back across the canal to ones boat so as to take it through after the bridge had been opened and then get back again after to close the bridge or perhaps they are designed so boaters could drop off their spouse/traveling companion so other boaters could pick them up and make new ‘friends’…dunno.

How much would it cost to put up a pontoon so boaters could moor on the correct side ‘do’ the bridge and then moor again after and close the bridge again afterwards. How much…that much wow would it take a think-tank as well so lots and lots of money once the management have been paid.

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Front line workers from C&RT are great almost to a man and/or a woman though thus far I haven’t met a woman C&RT lock-keeper or worker but the system put together by management lacks credibility.

Today I have encountered stuck swing bridges – so stuck they used all my strength and ingenuity to get them to move. Lying on my back on the non-lever end pushing with my feet to get them going then jumping up all in a hurry to clamber onto the opening bridge so I didn’t fall in and working my way back to the lever end as the bridge opened on its own momentum.

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Then to find the lever hovered over the water so with all my might I’d have to pull the lever grunting and squealing (like a pig) because without wings it is impossible to push the thing.There are the ones that have manually operating barriers that don’t stay shut and don’t lock shut, give no warning to stop the traffic which keeps on going until the bridge actually moves.

At bridge 218 on the Leeds/Liverpool the thing would just not move to open at all and the number provided on the bridge to contact the authority led to a trail of operators telling me it had ‘nowt’ to do with them and they had no idea where I was unless I could give them a post-code.

The fantastic C&RT dude brought a transit van with a tow hook and used a rope to haul the thing open…we (my fellow single boater and me) tried to cool it with water, tried to use the boat to haul with members of the public a pushing (bless them) to no avail, we tried oiling it, hauling it, shoving and a pushing it, shooshing it (sounds like a Val Doonican song), pulling it but only the transit did it until we were knackered…despite the muscles of the mighty but only the transit worked.

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Consequently we only managed 8 miles today and were finally stopped at the top of Newlay locks because of kids swimming in the locks and vandalism on the lower lock meant work was in progress. Now we’re moored at the top of Newlay locks (operated only by the C&RT) as there is no going forward today. He (C&RT) is meeting us tomorrow at 7.30 am for an early start to get through.

So am now absolutely worn out and off to bed can’t wait for me head to hit the pillow as I know I will be straight out tired as I am.

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I am a 55 year old male living alone on a narrowboat. I continuously cruise the inland waterways and rivers and have taken a year off work to see if the lifestyle works for me both financially and physically. I have sold my house and my car and now have bicycle and a boat. My main intention has been to slow down the pace of my life and enjoy each moment as much as possible.

tramman - Sunday,18 May, 2014

sir there you go again thinking the c.&r.t. are there to keep the canal easy for boaters they are there to line there own pockets not help clowns like the general public for a start half a gallon of waste oil on the working bits works wonders most working garages will give them this as it saves them money so should be to there advantage (more PROFITS) for  there trips & dinners

tramman

 

pearley - Sunday,18 May, 2014

Bridge 218 is the responsibility of Yorkshire Water. If they stopped running their huge trucks over it things might be easier.

To be fair to CRT, all the bridges on the L & L are serviced every winter, and when we passed that way in 2011, someone was  actually servicing 218, pumping grease into the spindle/pintle.

And the landings were originally placed on the offside so that boaters couldn’t leave without closing  the bridge to the annoyance of farmers. Some of the bridges have got chains attached so you can grovel on your knees and grope down towards the water, find the chain and pull. To my mind, that would!d only let you close it, not open it.

Regards

Pete

 

Vaguehippo - Sunday,18 May, 2014

tramman said
sir there you go again thinking the c.&r.t. are there to keep the canal easy for boaters they are there to line there own pockets not help clowns like the general public for a start half a gallon of waste oil on the working bits works wonders most working garages will give them this as it saves them money so should be to there advantage (more PROFITS) for  there trips & dinners

tramman

I know I know, cloud cuckoo land…I spend so much time there. As if the C&RT are there for anything other than collecting as many sheckles as will provide the softest toilet tissue to wipe their fat over-fed arse’s – is there an apostrophe in arses, if so how many? …I would say almost to a ‘man’ that the front line workers I have encountered have been very helpful, it cannot be a well paid job and volunteers don’t get paid at all – I do wonder what the ‘so-called’ management get – I bet its shed load of dosh for doing what…watching water flow or not as the case may be…

 

Vaguehippo - Sunday,18 May, 2014

pearley said
Bridge 218 is the responsibility of Yorkshire Water. If they stopped running their huge trucks over it things might be easier.

To be fair to CRT, all the bridges on the L & L are serviced every winter, and when we passed that way in 2011, someone was  actually servicing 218, pumping grease into the spindle/pintle.

And the landings were originally placed on the offside so that boaters couldn’t leave without closing  the bridge to the annoyance of farmers. Some of the bridges have got chains attached so you can grovel on your knees and grope down towards the water, find the chain and pull. To my mind, that would!d only let you close it, not open it.

Regards

Pete

Yes we thought that…big trucks small bridge probably not intended for much traffic despite being by the nature reserve. I was their denial thrice of ‘owt’ to do with it…I’ve worked here for two years went Melanie and I’ve never heard the like of it, but there’s a number went I…that’s really odd said she…but the number is on a permanent sign on a pole went I ooooooh went she…but not ah!

I get the thing about boaters not leaving the bridge open etc but when boating alone having hauled ones boat through it would be more tempting to just leave the thing and jump on the boat…but hey we love farmers why would we…if i were vandal i might – I think a vandal put the system together. I think the management should be made to do it then we might get a properly placed pontoon…maybe

 

pearley - Monday,19 May, 2014

I should have added that after encountering yet another stiff bridge a couple of years ago, I went to the nearest Screwfix and bought a long crowbar. It is also useful for those lock gates where leakage is stopping it making a level.

 

Vaguehippo - Monday,19 May, 2014

pearley said
I should have added that after encountering yet another stiff bridge a couple of years ago, I went to the nearest Screwfix and bought a long crowbar. It is also useful for those lock gates where leakage is stopping it making a level.

Yes i was thinking crow-bar and pulley too, transit van, crane, hydraulic winch and perhaps a portable pontoon or two…

 

tramman - Thursday,22 May, 2014

 i have a dog puller of the trams new it would come in for some thing one day tramman

 

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