When we ventured in yesterday we stopped at the first junction to get our bearings and a young couple approached us looking for an exit - any exit!
We are made of sterner stuff and returned today without topee or assegai.
Tucked away in one of the cul-de-sacs we encountered this sculpture of a man legging a boat full of locally made chains.
From the BCN Guaging Plate number 1493 I have been able to trace the original boat details. It belonged to the LMS (London, Midland & Scottish) Railway and was a Station Interchange Class open day-boat named Tom. That is, it had no cabin or motor and was used to carry goods to and from the LMS rail interchanges.
|Tom would have looked like this|
When the railways were nationalised in 1948 the canal fleets were transferred to British Railways: When BR withdrew from canal carrying six years later it was sold to British Waterways Board for £50. Its current whereabouts is unknown.Built in riveted iron it measured 70ft long x 7ft wide with 3ft6ins sides.
I have been less successful in tracing the origin of the other canal exhibit in that location.