Tuesday, 3 April 2018

First Drive of the Season

On Sunday I drove Blackpool 40 on a very cold day at Crich. Much too cold to take many photos unfortunately.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Wonders of the Waterways

Today we decided to visit two wonders of the waterways.

Unfortunately the Anderton boat lift was all shut up so we were initially disappointed.

From there we went further West.

As we got closer it looked even more impressive.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford and is a world heritage site. The pictures speak for themselves.

Then we went on to Chirk.

We walked through the tunnel.

And then over the aquaduct here too.

It's a long way down.

A thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Yesterday we took Magpie II to Clifton Cruisers for Blacking and engine service. It was the first time we have ever cruised in November and it was much colder than anticipated. I don't have any gloves on board but I soon will have.

The locks at Hillmorton have had a new beam fitted.

Other than that everything was much the same, just very few boats moving.

We then had a 6 mile walk back to the marina to pick up the car so when we finally got home, and with it being Saturday night, we decided to pop to The Midland in Bearwood for a quick drink. The beer was great and even managed a bit of celeb spotting when Adrian Chiles sat at the next table.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Only me!

A few weeks ago whilst out for a walk in stumbled across these.

Totally by accident I had discovered the remaining tram track at the Rednal terminus of the Birmingham trams.

This got me thinking about what else is left around the city. So today I decided to find out.

There is some more track (the only other section I believe) in Edmund Street.

There are also 6 surviving depots.

The nearest to us is in Selly Oak.

There is a second in Kings Heath which is now a damaged goods shop.

Moseley depot looks run down but still quite impressive.

Walking distance from this was Highgate Road depot.

With a similar crest and light fittings to Moseley.

Next was Witton depot.

And finally Miller Street.

But the best is in the Think Tank Science Museum. But very difficult to photograph without obstructions.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Netherton tunnel - From Above

Today we went for a walk. We decided to walk over the top and see if we could find the vents.

It wasn't as easy as all that as there is quite a bit of it under private areas with no access but we tried.

Just up from the North portal is Tividale park and from there we got this view.

Then the tunnel goes under a housing estate.

This was spot number 2.

Then the most unusual one.

Is that a roundabout in the distance?

Actually, it's not a roundabout, the road just passes either side of it.

Spot number 4 has a label on it.

Unfortunately after this the tunnel goes under private land with no access or public footpaths.

We were following a footpath when we noticed a stile to our right and a well walked path which did not appear on the map. Well why not? So we followed it and we're very glad we did.

And then as we approached Bumble Hole one final one.

And finally we'd made it overground.

I'm not sure how many vents remain, but we were pleased with finding so many.

We pressed on along the Dudley number 2 canal.

This is where Titanic's anchors were made.

We finally reached the Dudley Tunnel where we left the canal and walked around the Wrens Nest. A great day.