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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Churnet Valley Railway

Jo and I had a trip on the Churnet Valley Railway today, from Kingsley & Froghall Station. The train was hauled by TKh49 no. 2944 "Hotspur" a Polish engine, which was a bit different from a UK engine, made a pleasant change.

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Unfortunately the battery in my camera failed at this point Sad smile , but the trip on the train was most enjoyable Open-mouthed smile.

Keith.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Consall Forge to Froghall Basin.

This morning we set off from Consall Forge for the final leg to Froghall. Passing alongside Consall Forge railway station.

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We descended Flint Mill lock, but Hadar was too high for the height gauge immediately below the lock to gauge clearance for Froghall tunnel. This gauge is important for boats over 65ft long, as the winding hole above the lock is the last full length one. We refilled the lock and reversed out to allow a boat below to come up. We moored up temporarily and shifted some coal forward in the hold. We descended the lock again, and she still didn’t clear the gauge, but was close so we carried on to the tunnel and I tested against the gauge at the tunnel which was a bit of guess work as the crucial for us middle section of the gauge was missing, but I decided we needed to move some more coal. Having moved some more, I tried again and was still not happy, so we moved some more. On the 3rd attempt I decided it was possible, so went for it!

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I am in the tunnel, but you can’t see I was actually in my knees and steering through!!

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Having successfully negotiated the tunnel without leaving any paint work inside it, turning into the basin lock.

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Manoeuvring in the basin into the finger pontoons.

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Moored safely in Froghall basin.

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Having moved the coal forward in the hold to being the bow down, the stern has come up by 2”"inches! Cavitating well !!

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Keith.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cheddleton Station to Consall Forge

Another short run this morning to Consall Forge, we initially moored near the water point, but as the mooring in front of the Black Lion, we moved onto it for the classic photo at Consall Forge.

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We had a walk around before lunch, the lime kilns.

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Consall station as seen from the railway crossing in front of the Black Lion.

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Consall station with the waiting room and platform that jut out over the canal.

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Consall main station building.

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The railway bridge crossing the canal between the Black Lion and Consall station.

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The Black Lion, there is no road access to this pub for deliveries! We had a pint each before lunch.

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After lunch we walked up “Devil’s Staircase” behind the Black Lion, these are just a few of the 198 steps!

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Big day tomorrow, we will attempt to get through the very low Froghall tunnel. Keith.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Denford to Cheddleton Railway Station.

Definite chill to the air this morning as we took a short trip to Cheddleton Mill and a brief stop to look around the mill site.

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We then carried on.

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We are now moored between Cheddleton Railway Station and the Boat Inn.

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After lunch we took a look around Cheddleton station, it’s group of railway sheds, locos and rolling stock stored here.

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This saddle tank engine was in operation in 2005, in fact we rode behind it on our trip on the line. It needs a lot of work to get it running again.

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Hopefully we may see this steam engine running over the bank holiday weekend.

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Keith.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Leek to The Holly Bush Inn, Denford

We were sitting on mud and listing this morning when we got up, the level has dropped by 2”, which made the return trip along the Leek branch interesting. Approaching Leek tunnel.

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We turned sharp right at Hazelhurst junction and down the 3 Hazelhurst locks, then under Hazelhurst Aqueduct which carries the Leek branch over the mainline of the Caldon canal.

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Now moored outside The Holly Bush Inn at Denford, where we have just had a lovely lunch of plaice, chips and peas, washed down with pints of Marston’s Pedigree.

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Keith.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Stoke on Trent Boat Club to Leek.

A cool but dry start to the day, which warmed up as we went along. Approaching Hazlehurst junction, where we turned right to take the Leek branch.

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Entering Leek tunnel.

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Moored at the end of the Leek Branch.

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After lunch we took a walk up into Leek, unfortunately the cars parked in the square spoil the view. We visited some of the antique shops that were open, Leek is renown for it’s antique shops.

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I had a tea and Jo had a coffee in “The Green Dragon” a delightful Wetherspoon's establishment.

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Keith.