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Rose Narrowboats

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  1. Does anyone know this ice breaker location

    If you flip the image it could easily be just north of Hartshill heading south. Zoomed in there are buildings to the right (in the flipped image) of the bush which look about right for the maintenance yard and that bit is quite wide as per the photo, but there are no trees behind the towingpath hedge there these days. Has anyone got any old photos of that stretch?
  2. Goliath

    I always knew him as "Boffy". In respect of his cabins, the phrase "Boffy wobbles" is a technical term round these parts.
  3. Buckby Can

    Local to Braunston (so possibly the original "Buckby Can") I think as just about every picture I've seen of cans being painted at Nursers shows this type. Its construction is quite basic (though time consuming) and is clearly built by someone with very limited tooling, unlike the GU pattern cans which were made by a large concern (Joseph Ash & Sons) in Birmingham. It will be a while - we're not up to speed with GU 1 gallon pattern yet, and then there's the GU 3 gallon to do.
  4. Buckby Can

    I have one of those cans and it's on my list one day to produce a replica of them along with the "GU" style ones we are doing. Thank you for the endorsement Dave! See you soon I hope.
  5. Engine Advice please

    Ultimately it's your boat so your choice, but from the condition of the engine bay it doesn't look as if the engine is leaking oil, so if it's it not burning it either then there's probably not much (if anything) wrong with it and the gearbox should be no more than a morning's worth of work to change. Someone who is familiar with it could probably do it in a couple of hours if under pressure. Engines will usually outlast quite a few small mechanical gearboxes on canal use where they do a lot more gear engagement/dis-engagement than at sea. If the gearbox outlives the engine it can always be fitted to the new engine.
  6. Engine Advice please

    There are several versions of that box, identical except in terms of scale. Given the size of the engine its probably either a 100 or 125 (later ZF10 and ZF12). Don't think the ZF10 is available any more, the ZF12 is at about £1000. The smaller (mechanical) PRM boxes are designed to be a straight swap and are a bit cheaper.
  7. Engine Advice please

    It's a Hurth/ZF mechanical box, so low oil level won't be a factor in engagement. As mentioned cable adjustment is a possibility worth checking, or it might have the wrong oil in it (it should be ATF), but more likely the clutch packs are knackered. If so, my advice is buy a new one. Extensive (and expensive) experience with a couple of Hurth's we had in our fleet has taught me that by the time the clutch packs are knackered, so many other bits are out of tolerance that they are not economic to rebuild properly and if not rebuilt properly will usually not last more than a few hundred hours before the problem recurs. Once a Hurth clutch has picked up drive, they don't tend to lose it again, so I'd suggest the loss of power after a period of time is more likely down to leaves given the time of year. Edit to add: because of the design of the clutch plates, the thump is normal when the drive does take up.
  8. Oh dear

    Clearly you don't know what you are talking about, and should sell the boat (at an inflated price, obviously) to someone who does before you smash some lock doors up with your large barge.......or maybe not......
  9. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    Quite a few exceptions actually on the Aylesbury Arm, with some random ones the "normal" way round.
  10. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    I think one of the few constants of narrow lock construction is that the top gate balance beam is always on the towingpath side (someone will instantly come up with exception to that rule in 3,2,1....) so I also think Calcutt top lock as the wooden walkway makes sense for access from the lock keeper's house/toll office. The other thing that intrigues me about that photo is that the visible bottom gate of the narrow lock has had the balance beam chopped off, and then piece of timber bolted back on - I guess we'll never know why!
  11. RIP Tom Petty

    Sad to hear this - one of my favourite musicians.
  12. Buckby Can

    The can itself though is the same type as used by Nursers, so even though the painting doesn't look local to this area, the can is.
  13. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    Either I've missed something, or it always came in below the Nelson - the lie of the land wouldn't permit anything else.
  14. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    Not sure Mr Blagrove got that entirely right - no way was the GJC going to give any of its precious water from the summit reservoirs away. They may have had to pass a certain amount of water from the Bragborough stream back into the Bragborough stream but: 1)I can't see how they did this from bottom lock as the stream doesn't exist round there - the stream was in the bottom of the valley and they built the canal and the reservoirs over it (and I'm pretty sure the reservoirs were built at the same time as the canal GJC) 2) What water mills (other than a possible one at Bottom Lock) - there's nothing else along the course of the Bragborough Stream until it flows into the Leam, and there's nothing on the course of the Leam as far as Staverton Road (Mill Farm....) to suggest any other mills in the immediate vicinity. 3) The OCC had abstraction rights from any watercourse within a quite some distance of their cut enshrined into their act, so I'm pretty sure they'd already nicked the water from the Bragborough stream and it was they that the GJC had to keep happy!
  15. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    Bragborough Stream runs into the Grand Junction in the pound just below the Nelson. The last bit of the GJC was built down the course of the stream and there is evidence to suggest that there was a water mill where bottom lock is now situated. The drydocks in Braunston Marina discharge into a culvert that runs under the old line and into the stream bed - hence the boggy bit between the canal and the A45 between the stop house and Castle Bridge, and there must originally have been a weir somewhere around the marina site too, but since the 1840's and surplus water goes over the "new" weir at the start of the puddle banks and back into the stream, which runs into the River Leam.