Saturday 16th August 2014: Knottingley to Barnby Dun
This post could equally well have been titled: Another day, another power station. There is still coal mined here!
First, though, the washing machine saga. The green plastic housing contains one of the two motor brushes.
OK, back to coal. This is Kellingley Colliery from the Aire and Calder, promising "tomorrow's energy standards today".
And this is another power station, presumably fired by the coal from next door.
Much of this bit of the Aire and Calder looks like this.
When we turned right onto the New Junction Canal it was more of the same, only with lift and swing bridges. And it was even straighter. Five miles without the slightest hint of a bend until the very end.
But it was along here that we encountered our first problem with the electro-hydraulic locks.
At Sykehouse Lock we entered the empty chamber with two other boats, and then found that the operating panels wouldn't work. The fault condition light was showing, and nothing any of us could do would make it work. Someone eventually managed to get through to CRT and we were promised help "in less than an hour".
We eventually got to our planned mooring at Barnby Dun. (Photo taken this afternoon 19th Aug)
Today (Tuesday 19th) I returned to Jubilee by train, and we have moved to good secure (BW key) moorings in Doncaster.
I must write about the train journey - perhaps tomorrow. Now it's time for bed. I hope the Minster clock doesn't keep me awake. It chimes every quarter.
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