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NB Esk

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About NB Esk

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
  • Interests
    Narrowboating, especially the self-build side of it. Mechanic by profession, I am currently restoring a vintage 2cyl Dorman diesel, which will ultimately power my NB.
    Currently building my own narrow tug shell (started in 2007 & still not finished).
    Interested in industrial archeology, especially coal mining.

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    MOT tester/ motor engineer
  • Boat Name
    narrowboat ESK...same but different.
  • Boat Location
    Rented yard at Quarmby, Huddersfield

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  1. Lister Blackstone, is it a Lister CS?

    Hi David, thank you for that, I'll study those links. Not measured up yet but will be doing as rings are one of the items I need. Looks like the last time it ran it was doing so without the oil control ring. Just hope I don't need bits for the compressor side, that might be a different story.
  2. Lister Blackstone, is it a Lister CS?

    Thanks Richard, it's very similar. In the meantime I've found an image of the exact same unit, on the web. This one though clearly says it's a Lister, whereas mine is cast Lister Blackstone on the crankcase door. There's no model number with the image though, is this one a Lister CS? Thanks....
  3. Lister Blackstone, is it a Lister CS?

    For clarity I should say the extra piston in the background is from a compressor unit, attached to the engine. It's a single cylinder. Will try for a photo of the makers plate, later, thanks.
  4. Need help to identify this engine, so I can try to find some bits for it. Not easy as it was disassembled some years ago (due to frost damage) and then not reassembled. The name cast into the crankcase door is Lister Blackstone. The details from the brass plate, riveted to the crankcase just below the cylinder are as follows. 23231 M8 650 rpm 3.5 hp I can't find anything on the net, relating to a Lister Blackstone of this size, it looks very like a Lister CS. Can anyone please confirm, thanks....
  5. Obscure connections to celebrities

    As a child, an ex girlfriend claimed she did a tap dance with Roy Castle, on TVs Reckordbreakers. I'd say it was true, as one of the things she conned me into paying for, was a new pair of tap shoes...
  6. I did it the other way round and came down from summit to overnight by the waterways depot/services near Littleborough. I was single handed but found this stretch relatively easy. I am also fairly deep draughted but again had no problems to speak of. Some of the lower sections (on both sides) were a different matter, I was on the bottom by the Rose of Lancaster.
  7. Centre lines

    This is the set up on my boat, I still have the conventional centre line but these are really useful and used a lot. Slightly untidy at the mo as an anti theft line for a side fender shares the ring. installed during the build, the ring eyes are screwed into a nut which is tack welded to the inside. It's an ideal place for these as they sit in the recess and don't protrude. As an added bonus the two lines are led back and hang down the end of the back cabin, acting as door stops. The lines are not long enough to reach the prop if dropped in.
  8. Isolating Transformer

    I use an airlink but it's the metal cased, permanently installed version. The only problems were with the couriers they use. The metal case of the first unit had clearly been dropped from a fair height, so much so that there was the imprint of the large internal coil in the cabinet base (sheet steel) Needless to say it didn't work but the company were under the impression that the fault would lie with my boat electrics. They soon sent a replacement though, it arrived banded to one of those miniature wooden pallets and it was smashed to bits. Fortunately it had done its job in protecting the unit, which works perfectly.
  9. Another pic of ESK at bridge 101 on the HNC in Stalybridge. Photo above is lock 4e at Longroyd bridge, taken in 2017.
  10. Myinterpretation of this colour scheme, on my own amateur built boat, ESK.
  11. Treasures from the weed hatch

    Managed to get this round my prop on the Ashton. As I was just going into a lock, had to bow haul the boat out and then hope other boats, using the lock, didn't lower the pound too much when the hatch was off. Took some shifting but I made the weed hatch big enough and with a sloping front, so it could have been worse...
  12. Lift bridge on the Rochdale

    Know what you mean, that deck is a concrete slab. I was too far away to tell if the guy had his finger on the down button but what I can say is it didn't come down level, one end came down faster than the other. It was at a jaunty angle and making a real protesting noise, I'm surprised it eventually landed squarely. Anyway, it looks like it's back working, at 6.30pm the two boats that were waiting, passed through. At least I should get some water down.
  13. Lift bridge on the Rochdale

    Aye, that's the one. A ram failed that time and it was out of action for about a week. A CRT team are there now and looks like they're pouring oil in so maybe it was just a pipe had blown.
  14. Lift bridge on the Rochdale

    I'm just off to get some lottery tickets. Just came through the Grimshaw lane lift bridge, about an hour ago, moored up for some lunch when I heard the barriers being operated. Grabbed my iPad, as I wanted to video it in action, bridge got about two to three feet up when there was a loud pop and a huge spray of hydraulic oil and down it came. I was under that an hour ago, lucky or what? Details are Grimshaw lane lift bridge, between locks 64 and 65, Rochdale canal. Inoperable at present.
  15. Moorings on HNC near Milnsbridge?

    Ah ok, thanks Nick, makes sense now. Looking forward to it.....