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Models built for the 'Canals' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

In our anniversary year the Secretary's Challenge for the New Year meeting is another anniversary - it will be 300 years since the birth of James Brindley, widely acknowledged to be the father of the English canals. He was born in 1716 in Tunstead, Derbyshire and died on 25th September 1772.

In his lifetime he was responsible for the Bridgewater Canal and later the Trent & Mersey Canal, although he died before its completion. He designed the Barton Aqueduct on the former, the Harecastle Tunnel on the latter and numerous watermills. (Although both canals still exist, the Barton Aqueduct was replaced by a swing aqueduct a century later when the Manchester Ship Canal was built, and the tunnel suffered from subsidence and was replaced by a Thomas Telford designed one).

Anyway - to the challenge! It is to build something connected with canals, whether or not Brindley had anything to do with it, although you'll pick up bonus points if it does! Simple as that! 


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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCadishead Viaduct

Built by Guy Loveridge

A model of the Cadishead Viaduct, a railway bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCanal Boat

Built by Sam Edwards

 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCanal Bridge

Built by Jack Edwards

Based on 1947 model 2.19. Adapted so people can walk onto the bridge.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCanal Lift Bridge

Built by Chris Warrell

This model based on a typical lift bridge found on many narrow canals in Britain, mainly used by farmers to get across the canal. Some are fixed permanently open for canal traffic; others you have to open yourself - hence the chain hanging from the end...
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCanal Lock

Built by John Gay

Based on a canal lock on the Grand Union Canal in East London E2. The red Meccano is the lock and lock gates. The zinc Meccano represents the mechanism for the working of the lock. The yellow Meccano represents the tow path.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCoal Barge

Built by Chris Fry

This waterline model of a fully laden working narrow boat is of very simple construction and based upon four no. 52 flanged plates. The graded 'coal' of black bolts, spacers and rubber collars is added for extra realism.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCrane Barge

Built by Viv Endecott

Based on 1930 manual 000.59. Simple and works!
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeDudley Canal at the Black Country Living Museum

Built by Brian Leach

A simplified version of the canal. The tour takes you through a narrow tunnel for a few hundred yards and then into a walled open area. The tour is worth it but you have to pay above the cost of entering the museum.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeNarrow Boat

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeShip

Built by Guy Loveridge

A ship on the Manchester Ship Canal, built to the same scale as my model of the Cadishead Viaduct .

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