• Beamish Museum Pockerley Waggonway Steam Elephant replica

    Beamish Museum Pockerley Waggonway Steam Elephant replica. Photo by T.E.

  • Hadlow-Road-station-on-Wirral-Way-in-sunshine

    Hadlow Road station on Wirral Way. Photo by T.E.

  • Kidsgrove-Harecastle-tunnel-boat-entering-N-portal-older-tunnel-on-right

    Kidsgrove Harecastle tunnel boat entering N portal older tunnel on right. Photo by T.E.

  • Anderton-Lift-narrow-boat-Cumbrian-Lass-approaching-from-Weaver-Navigation

    Anderton Lift, narrow boat 'Cumbrian Lass' approaching from Weaver Navigation. Photo by T.E.

  • Sonning-Cutting-6024-The-Bristolian

    Sonning Cutting, 6024 The Bristolian. Photo by T.E.

  • Transporter Bridge - Newport

    Transporter Bridge - Newport - Postcard provided by R.B

  • Snowdon Mountain from Train Road - Llanberis

    Snowdon Mountain from Train Road - Llanberis. Postcard provided by R.B

  • Llangollen from the bridge

    Llangollen from the bridge. Postcard provided by R.B.

  • Falkirk-Wheel-quarter-rotation

    Falkirk Wheel quarter rotation. Photo by T.E.

  • Britannia Bridge - Bangor

    Britannia Bridge - Bangor - Postcard provided by R.B.

Walk Around Railways & Canals of Central & NW Walsall

westmidlandsgroup_walsallwalk_20160903_1 Despite the best efforts of the weather to spoil the event, the West Midlands Group walk around central and north west Walsall on 3rd September was judged to be a success. Those braving the weather started from Walsall railway station and, after an introduction to the history of the town, its several railway stations and its railway infrastructure to the south of the current station, the group set off for the nearby canal basin: the end of the BCN's Walsall Canal main line. After an introduction to the industrial history of the area below the basin, the walk continued to the flight of locks (8 locks in less than half a mile ) which created a link between the Walsall and Wyrley & Essington canals. After lunch in the supermarket built on the former site of the Birchills B power station, the walk continued along the track bed of the former Wolverhampton & Walsall Railway and then to the northern end of the Anson Branch Canal and the short Bradford Branch Canal. The Anson Branch ceased effective operation as a canal in the early C20 but had an active function until 1982 supplying water to the nearby power stations which was discharged into the Wyrley & Essington Canal. The difference in height between the two canals is 65ft: the rise of the 8 locks. See more previous events