Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rushall canal

Time for one more photo shoot this year! I've been wanting to take some photos along the Rushall canal in Walsall ever since i went to Rushall junction in the Summer (where the canal meets the Tame Valley) and today i have achieved that ambition! Photos from Bell Bridge to the intriguing Moat Bridge.

Ice beyond the bridge

Monday, December 28, 2009

Once for loading

One of a number of bays just off the Digbeth canal, once for loading bays perhaps?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Xmas dinner was at a restaurant on Broad St so why not take a few pics beforehand? The canal is a little less ice bound than out by my home in the suburbs!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snow, ice and fog

Merry Christmas to all, i took a few photos along the B'ham & Fazeley near my house earlier. Much of the canal is frozen over and the fog adds to the bleak scene!

Boats on the canal (19)

At the end of the Wyrley & Essington is this boat yard.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Boats on the canal (18)

At the end of the Birmingham Main Line at the back of Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Fancy breakfast?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Garden reflection

An easy way to make your garden look bigger, have it by the canal!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tame Valley in the murk

As it was very foggy in the midlands yesterday i decided to take some photos along the Tame Valley in the fog, unfortunately by the time i got there the fog was clearing fast but the resulting photos are still pretty murky!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Boats on the canal (17)

On the Digbeth Branch Canal, spotted at Digbeth Junction looking towards Typhoo Basin.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

One way ride

Hopefully this conveyor belt system is just situated over the Tame Valley Canal by co-incidence and not because someone is aiming to dump something on top of a passing boat?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Canal over river

Over the River Rea as it crosses the Grand Union just before Warwick Bar.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Old and new

Canal in the foreground, Selfridges in the background. Guess which one i prefer!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Canals of Digbeth and beyond

New photoshoots were taken this morning, firstly the Digbeth Branch Canal from Aston Junction to Digbeth Junction. Then the Grand Union from where it meets the Digbeth Canal at the Banana Warehouse.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Looking down the Anglesey Branch

At Ogley Junction. The branch leads to a basin. No doubt the site for a future expedition.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Boats on the canal (16)

On the Birmingham & Fazeley at Minworth this boat, the E Gay Bee, is at rest.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nature reclaims

On the Birmingham Main Line, nature has triumphantly reclaimed this old chimney.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Freeth Bridge

Freeth Bridge on the Tame Valley Canal, i must get around to walking along the top of this bridge one day, now closed to traffic and a footbridge only apparently.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Once a bridge?

What is this curious structure on the Birmingham Main Line just down from Rotton Park Junction, i am assuming there was once a bridge here and this is all that is left?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Curious climb canal safety fence

"Hundreds of people are reported to have crossed safety barriers to look at a breach in a canal in Staffordshire.

British Waterways said a pub landlord had reported customers scaling security fencing to see a 15m (50ft) hole in Caldon Canal..."

Foxton Locks in Leicestershire drained for canal work

"Half-a-million gallons of water have been drained from a historic canal lock to allow essential maintenance work to go ahead. Work on the 200-year-old Foxton Locks near Market Harborough started on Wednesday.

The complex of 10 locks will be closed to boaters until December 18. The section of the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal, is one of Leicestershire's top tourist attractions..."

Boats on the canal (15)

On the Wyrley & Essington, if you look closely you can see it has it's own guard dog too!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Junctions (4) : Ogley Junction

Here the Wyrley & Essington branches off to the Anglesey Basin though the main canal itself terminates here now.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wyrley & Essington Canal 21/11/09

Went up to Brownhills this morning to take some photos along the Wyrley & Essington (a new canal for me), i went from the Anchor Bridge up to Ogley Junction where the canal ends (apart from a branch to a basin) though one day the canal will continue on to Lichfield again.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

'Woolly bear' in rare canal finds

The caterpillar of a moth is among rare species recorded on Scotland's 137 mile long canal network during a British Waterways' wildlife survey. The garden tiger moth caterpillar was spotted by lock keeper Sandy Paton on the Forth and Clyde Canal near Grangemouth..

Tunnels (1) : Curdworth tunnel

From the other side compared to this one.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bridge over the motorway

One feature of the Tame Valley Canal i really like is this aqueduct over an M5 sliproad.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Boats on the canal (13)

Spotted heading towards Salford Junction on the Tame Valley. Click on the pic to see a larger version and you will see this boat has a very nice chimney.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

From Broad Balk Bridge to Curdworth Tunnel

Finally some new photos! Walked along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal this morning from near Broad Balk Bridge up to the Curdworth Tunnel. I would have gone further but the towpath was quickly turning into a quagmire.

Friday, November 6, 2009

In Brum

A photo i took sometime in the late 90s using my SLR (which i must still have somewhere), the canal scene in central Birmingham!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

'Canal rage' OAP appears in court

"A PENSIONER today pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after an alleged "canal rage" incident.

David Shiels, 72, of Blackpool, denied the unlawful killing of David Tweddle, 56, from Carlisle, Cumbria, on July 15 this year.

Mr Tweddle, a dad-of-two, was found collapsed on a narrowboat in Garstang, Lancs.

It is understood he had earlier been involved in a row with another boat user on the Lancaster Canal..."

Industry and leisure

At one side of the Grand Union you see rusting relics of an industrial past and the other side benches depicting the leisure future. Or something like that.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boats on the canal (11)

Spotted on the Tame Valley by lock 10 last week and still there yesterday.