Alan, Did you pay homage to the Duchess trapped in some arty farty experience centre in Birmingham? Barrie ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alan Stepney" <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <modeleng@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 7:40 PM Subject: [modeleng] I'm back > From a week of boating around the canals. > > Dave, Sorry I didnt get in touch. We didnt seem to have nearly enough time > for all we wanted to do. > > I did see the centre of Birmingham, the Black Country Museum, and we also > stopped for a few hours at Kinver and walked up Kinver Edge. Then to > Stourport and Worcester. > > We did some 65-70 miles, going through about 125 locks, and four major > tunnels. One of the latter was, indeed is, over 3,000 yards long. > > For those who dont know our canal system, the locks are, typically, 70ft > long and 7 ft wide. > The boat we had is 66 ft long and 6 10" wide. > Imagine threading a needle, when you are sitting some 60 ft from the > "sharp > end"! > Passing other boats can be fun, when the tunnels are 14'6" wide, and both > boats are nearly 7ft wide. > > All great fun and reasonably good weather. > > Alan > > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. > > To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, > modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject > line. > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.