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Monday, 14 April 2014

To the end of the line.

We walked the mile or so into Crowle for a look see. And found quite a nice little town. The regeneration scheme had tidied up the market place, and I liked the fact that it wasn't just one main street but quite a warren off little back roads and lots of old buildings, and at least three pubs.

Nice building on the Crowle Market Square, next to Parkin the Butcher. The pork pies and sausages are well worth a visit.
St Oswald's Church, Crowle

Lovely plaque on an old building remodeled to houses.

We spoke to the crossing guard at the Godnow Bridge rail crossing and he said that he would let them know at Keadby rail bridge as they had to get the engineers to be present as they are having problems with it. We had a cup of tea and whilst Helen got her self dressed for the bitter wind I went off to collect some kindling for the fire. The wind was cold and blowing straight down the cut. We put a load of washing on as we knew it would dry quickly once we got to Keadby and tied up.
Helen writing up the log as we travel in the sunshine.

This part of the canal has the railway running next to it and there are very many wind turbines, some nearer than others. I can again report that the vast majority of train drivers, freight or passenger, waved back at us. We even had a few toots and passenger responses.

Just before the railway bridge is Vazon road bridge that is a manual swing bridge. Helen couldn't budge it at all, and even when I lent my weight it took ages to get it started. It is gravel under foot so it was very difficult. I reported it at the lock and Martin the keeper had already put a 'near miss' report in about it so hopefully something will happen quite quickly. We waited between the rail bridge and the road bridge. There seemed to be a problem as the alarm went several times and nothing happened. We finally passed through. The bridge was built in 1915 so has a birthday coming. It is said to be one of only three in Europe. It looks like it doesn't really slide but moves sideways and then back on a eccentric pivot (or something).

The moving part of the 'sliding bridge' is too the right.

We were soon at the end of the line and turned by 'Spider T' to take water at the services.

The Keabdy Gas Power Station that was converted from coal in 1994.

Spider T was built in 1926 and is one of three surviving Humber Sloops. She is sailing for the Humber this Monday.

We had a nice chat to Mark the Lock Keeper and he invited us to watch a cruiser penning out on that tide. to see what happened for when we left in the morning.

The Keadby Lock control tower. I promise I wasn't pushing any buttons. This tower wasn't there when I worked on the Trent and the lock was worked by capstan and wires.

I instantly recognised this launch as the sounding boat from Goole that used to take the soundings in the Ouse reaches and was called the 'Ouse Patrol'. Still the same colours and a very handsome launch.

We will be in bed early tonight as we will be in the lock by 0730 in the morning.

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