An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Basingstoke progress (3)

The cill, the apex of which is
offset from centre by 6 inches
The coffer dam from behind
The real work is now starting which is to put in the stop plank grooves (left out during an £8m refit of the adjacent A322/A324 intersection and bridge modifications some years ago).

This starts by ensuring there is a flat surface on which the lowest board will rest which is why some of the base of the lock approach is being cut away. Understand it was made up of three layers of herringbone pattern bricks and then 3 inches of concrete with steel bars in it.

It's the first bit of practical work we've seen in these parts for a number of years which is good news but why we have had to wait 18 months since the new lower gates were put in place beggars belief in my view.

No wonder the gates are hard
to open fully
We are optimistic that things will work out; so much so that Byfleet Boat Club is planning a trip to Brookwood (proper) which means we'll try and jam the canal outside by house between Christmas and New Year.

There's a huge amount of silt in the lock - it's about a meter deep in the middle - that's going to take some shifting but the contractors have said they will shift it next week.

Each of the coffer dam 'tubes' holds 16 tons of water when full!

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