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Grantham Canal - bits of rusty metal and other interesting stuff.

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by baldbof, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Ploughman

    Ploughman Part of the furniture

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    Many thanks I am sure are due from everybody who has reading this blog.
    I for one definately do give my thanks to all involved in the project.
     
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    Enterprise Part of the furniture

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    Great job! Thank you for all your reports I have thoroughly enjoyed them.
     
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    +1:)
     
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    I've found the whole tale most interesting. At one point I even thought about getting involved with the canal restoration at Droitwich but, was already too committed with other matters such as earning money!;)
     
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    @baldbof, thank you so much for bringing us this gem of a thread. I hope you are all very proud of what you have achieved. :cool:
     
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    +1

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    Here's another bit of rusty metal that has been found whilst one of of volunteers was doing some initial work at Lock 14. No prizes for guessing what it is, but it's blooming heavy for what's left of it.

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    I wonder if there are any shovel historians on here who could identify the type or use for this? It's a bit of an odd shape narrowing as it does towards the handle and I'm not sure if it's the photo making it look as if it's concave (spoon shaped) or not. If it is I wonder if it was designed for the navvies and shaped like that for shovelling sloppy stuff (i.e. mud!)?
     
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    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    As this thread started with a rusty fire bar, evidence of loco servicing on site (or disposal of loco shed detritus on site, perhaps), I wonder if this is a slice - used for throwing out the old fire on a locomotive? They tend to be heavy with fairly thick gauge metal to make the head.

    Tom
     
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    Please bear in mind that a former railway line ran alongside the canal at this point. The shovel was found in the undergrowth alongside the site of the line. There's also fishplates, chairs and steel springs lying about where the railway's dismantlers left them. Our first thought was that it is a fireman's shovel. No doubt a shovelologist* will be along shortly to give a definitive view.


    * I think I've just invented a word.

    Ah! Beaten to it.
     
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    You need Eric Olthwaite, he is a shovel enthusiast.
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    martin1656 Resident of Nat Pres Friend

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    It does look like an disposal shovel, either discarded from a long scrapped engine,or fell off from an engine working when the line was active, or as someone has suggested, possible debris from the old loco shed it looks too big to be anything that may have been used on the permanent way for digging out ballast, or fetling track plus isn't it the wrong shape ?
     
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    There was no loco shed on that stretch of the line where we have started the latest restoration. Attached is a map of the location where we are (circled in red). The old line is to the right of the canal. I would agree that it probably fell off a loco - would the fireman get a bill for losing it?

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