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  1. Goliath

    Hi Glenn Yes I know Micheal. He kept the boat at Stourbridge, and is a member of the Staffs & Worcs canal society, both of which I am associated with. Interestingly my brother had tried to purchase Golitah but Michael had beaten him to it. Had I checked the EXIF info for the photo and not relied on memory I would have got the time correct. It was taken on 21 September last year at 9.42am Steve
  2. Goliath

    Ive always believed Goliath to be a Bantock. I knew its previous owner who had purchased it from David Bough or as commonly known Boffy. Photo taken earlier this year at Trentham Steve
  3. A BCN Dredger

    Yes, The Merry Hill shopping center is built partially on what was called the new level mill of Round Oak Steel Works. The photograph is taken from just through Greens Bridge heading for Park Head, next to where The Brewers Wharf hostelry is now The water intake for the water used in the mills is on the right of the photographer. The cleaned water was returned through a filtration system on the left through the bridge in the picture. In the late 50,s through to the late 70's the canal had a permanent film of oil. Delph top lock had a permanent coating of sticky oil. What is now often refereed to as the Marina at Merry Hill was originally a wider section where the filtration plant was located. When Merry hill was constructed the canal was realigned. During the redevelopment the bank retaining the canal was undermined which lead to the canal being closed as it was no longer safe. There was some speculation that the developer was trying to get the canal closed. The Pensnett railway company was integrated into the internal railway within the steel works and was still in used until the 1980's, I remember seeing steam locomotives on there, they ran until the early 1960's. How long the livery would have remained on the trucks is anyone's guess. Steve
  4. Clip of Gardners

    Starts at around 52 min. Interestingly the 1L2 is an anticlockwise version. When Trinity house decommissioned the lightships many of the 2/3 cyl engines found their way into narrow boats. Steve
  5. Prop size

    I have a 50ft narrow boat with a 3LW PRM 2:1 and 23" X 23" prop. The B.A.R of the prop is around the 60% mark, this is more commonly known as a compensated prop. A standard being 45-50% Max revs are limited to about 1100rpm, normal running speed is 475/500rpm on narrow canals 6-700rpm on Northern waterways. 7-750rpm on tidal rivers. anything more is purely just moving water for no great gain. Slow running i.e passing moored boats is at 350-375rpm. I originally had a 24" X 18" 50% B.A.R blade fitted, normal running was 600rpm and stopping was poor. All LW's can have there tick over reduced to 330rpm by fitting a different rack spring. This was detailed in a service bulletin A.I 160 issued in February 1952 Gardner's recommended prop dia for a 3LW with 2:1 gearbox is 27" Steve
  6. 2LW serial number?

    The post that you mention most likely refers to a different number. Each crankcase was pressure tested before being used, the date of the pressure test was stamped on the crankcase usually on the rear face as per the picture , this one is dated 1/11/51 and was tested as a completed engine in May 1952. On painted cast iron engines the serial number tends to get obscured by the paint job so unless you go looking it is not always easy to spot, and if it was a South African engine it may have even been altered. Steve picture
  7. 2LW serial number?

    The numbers cast in the side of the block are pattern numbers and should be on all LW blocks with slight variations in numbers between 2 and 3cly blocks and possibly of different ages when there has been a modification to the pattern, and or batches of castings for identification later. The engine number should be stamped into the top of the crankcase just behind the injection pump next to the front cyl block holding down stud, if the engine has many layers of paint it is probably obscured, the injector pump should also have a number either on a plate or stamped on which matches the engine number, assuming its the original pump to the engine. The number stenciled on is probably a plant number as you suspect, I have seen ex Trinity House engine's painted green so maybe one from there. If you can find out the engine number then it should be possible to find more information by asking the Anson Engine Museum to check the records (small fee) or maybe Martyn can help. Steve
  8. Waterworld TV series 1998

    At least one made it back out as I am still here to testify. Sadly most of the contributors are no longer around to share their memories and wisdom. We owe a great deal to them and other enthusiasts of that time without which there would be considerably less of the current network available for cruising. Steve
  9. BCN

    When I came past in April this year the demolition crew was busy removing the buildings, so probably nothing left of the offices now. Used to feel like a little oasis in the middle of the industrial conurbation, another sad loss. Steve
  10. Alternator rpm

    I have a Lucas publication from about 1990 that list the ACR range from 15ACR - 28A up to 25ACR - 65A. Never came across anything above the 22ACR - 45A though. I had an 18ACR with an Adverc controller fitted for about 25 years, worked well except that the front bearing life was poor. The 3/8 in (9mm) blade is rated by Lucas at 35A maximum so anything bigger needs to use both blades Steve
  11. Programme On BBC 1 This Morning 9:15

    The clip starts 29 mins in, I suspect that the 9.43 mentioned in the earlier post is the real time showing, Nice little piece and a bit of good publicity well done to all concerned Steve
  12. Recognise these windows?

    They look like Worcester windows, the company has changed hands at least once.since 1999 This is I think is the current company http://www.narrowboatwindows.co.uk/ Steve
  13. Monitoring 240V AC Current Usage

    I have one similar fitted as your question, different scale but does the job. I also monitor the battery current and voltage as well. Steve
  14. Donuts, no jam, where to get new one

    `Looks like Hillman Imp Drive shaft coupling doughnut, particularly as the gearbox end looks to be fabricated from the end of a drive shaft./ one source of supply from a google http://www.mevspares.co.uk/RUBBER-DOUGHNUTS-x2-Hillman-Imp.html Steve edit to add link
  15. Foxton. Grrrrrrrrr.

    Just downloaded a boaters guide and this information is copied from itFoxton Locks Winter opening times for 2016/17, Opening Times(19Sep16-16Mar17): Foxton Locks Winter opening times for 2016/17 have been confirmed. 19 September 2016- 23 October 2016 Mon- Thurs, 8:00am to 4:00pm (last boat in 3:15pm) Fri- Sun, 9:00am to 5:00pm (last boat in 4:15pm) 24 October 2016;-16 March 2017 Mon - Thurs, 9:00am to 3:30pm (last boat in 2:45pm) Fri-Sun, 9:00am to 3:30pm(last boat in 2:45pm) As locks can be very busy, please allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage It takes approximately 45minutesto pass through the flight and you must be through the flight byt he time of closure. Last boat will be allowed through the lock 45 minutes prior to closure Just downloaded a boater guide and theses are from it. Seems to me that they decided not to allow anyone to start up despite the fact that they could have passed in the middle and still made it out before closing time. Steve