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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


So with NB VALERIE listing and my chocolate craving satisfied for weeks to come we move off to find a night mooring away from birmingham altogether.
At Kings Norton Jct. we turn onto the Stratford on Avon Canal passing under the two wooden guillotine gates of the first lock on this canal. This was once used as a stop lock to safeguard the different canal companies water, they didn`t like losing water to each other. Now the gates are always up.
Five miles on we come to Shirley drawbridge and the Drawbridge pub so this will be a night stop.
Guillotine lock at Kings Norton Jct.

Shirley drawbridge. The control panel can be seen on the left just short of the bridge. A B.W. key is used to activate the traffic lights and lower the barriers on the road, the button to raise the bridge must be kept pressed in or the bridge will stop lifting. A second button will lower it and raise the road barriers and untill the sequence is complete you cannot remove the key.

The Drawbridge pub. Wonder how they came up with that name?


Unknown said...

I think I would be a bit worried about getting my head chopped off with those gates!!!

Must say, that vat of chocolate reminds me of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. I still love that story!! Happy cruising

Les Biggs said...

The bridge is held up by hydraulics,should be safe enough but must admit it`s nice to get under quick just in case.

Anonymous said...

Chocolat?? Had to go buy some when I saw the blog!! Bad influence eh?

Les Biggs said...

Try Morrisons own brand realy tasty and also Tesco, the 48p one not the cheapo 25p bar it is yuk

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs