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Photo-a-Day Archive
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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 24th March, 2014)

Transport old and new


Transport old and new
Gathurst Locks - Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D800 with Nikon 16-35mm F/4 AF-S G VR)
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Comment by: Ken R on 24th March 2014 at 01:17

Nice photo, I wonder how many times Eddie Stobart has crossed that bridge.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 24th March 2014 at 07:28

Yes Dave, and with almost the same livery as Stobarts. Lovely photo at the right time.

Comment by: Garry on 24th March 2014 at 07:31

Never Ken R, but his HGVs have! Nice photo.

Comment by: Alan on 24th March 2014 at 07:45

Does that unsightly weed ever get fast around the boats propelers?

Comment by: Harry C. on 24th March 2014 at 08:04

Always like canal pics.

Comment by: Helen on 24th March 2014 at 08:07

Nice clear , bright scene. I love narrow boats. When in the Fens last week we saw many on the lodes ( man made drainage ditches) & rivers. The owners seem to steer them with such ease.

Comment by: Mick on 24th March 2014 at 08:50

This photo is actually is taken at Dean Locks and not Gathurst locks.

Not a lot of people know that.

Comment by: Roy on 24th March 2014 at 09:59

Nice photo Dave, i've spent many hours on that stretch of the canal, also running under the bridge is the Southport/Manchester railway line and the River Douglas, many's the time i've seen, 'Trains and Boats and Planes' as the song goes, at the same time.Garry, before he died, Eddie Stobart WOULD have crossed that bridge quite a few times.Does anyone remember the lorry coming off the bridge on the opposite side traveling south, it must be 25 years ago, a workmate of mine was right on the spot on the canal bank and witnessed it all, the lorry plunged nose first into the river Douglas. The lorry driver had swerved to avoid an old cooker which fell off a little flatback which he was following, unfortunately and probably obviously the lorry driver died.Yes Mick they are Dean Locks.

Comment by: maggie on 24th March 2014 at 11:11

Thank you so much for this photo. we sailed through this place in our boating days. If you are not careful, you can get weed & lots of other stuff wrapped round your rudder - once we found a white shirt tangled up in it.

Comment by: Mick on 24th March 2014 at 12:35

Roy I was walking along the canal bank in December 1986 with my wife and two young kids when the lorry came crashing over.
It was a Creda washing machine lorry from Stoke.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 24th March 2014 at 13:13

When taken Dave? You`ve got sunny weather again!
Roy; See Mick`s P-a-D Tues. 26 Nov.2013 of Dean Locks. Also:-
http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9233&sid=c8ea9ad0b9b10dbb4ff3e7cec3326dca
The crash was in 1986 - 28 years ago.
For 87 views of Gathurst see;-
http://hmonghot.com/M3pMMEd5RGV0a1kz
For Northbound M6 CCTV cameras, see:-
http//www.motorwaycameras.co.uk/choosecamera/?motorwayid=2

Comment by: Roy on 24th March 2014 at 13:43

Thanks Mick, i got my white goods mixed up.

Comment by: train spotter on 24th March 2014 at 14:59

Matching Livery, couldnt have timed it better

Comment by: Art on 24th March 2014 at 15:41

Eddie Stobart is no more....sold up ;o)

Comment by: Mick on 24th March 2014 at 15:55

Roy the Creda lorry did swerve to avoid hitting a wood burning stove which feel from the back of a pick up that was being driven by somebody from Ormskirk.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 24th March 2014 at 17:56

Stobart is still operating under it's name and will continue to do so. The sale of £280 million will wipe off it's debts.

Comment by: Roy on 24th March 2014 at 23:46

Thanks Mick.

Comment by: CR on 25th March 2014 at 01:16

When we were kids one of my mates sat on the top of the second pillar.
Dare devils could walk underneath to get to them. Every time I see this at Gathurst I remember him sitting there with his legs hanging over, cool as you like. Crazy what you do as kids.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 25th March 2014 at 14:03

What a well timed photo .nice one!!

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