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23 - Rodley to Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Saturday 19th July 2003

Neil inspected the engine mounts and found that only ONE threaded section was left unsheared.............after this the engine would become somewhat wayward and decide to take a walk forward until it hit the bulkhead,
probably taking a good few hoses and wiring with it. Something had to be done, so Neil decided to gingerly steer the hulk to Leeds and sort something out there. Beta had messed up the delivery of the mounts, the invoice having
arrived a day before, but NO sign of the four new mounts.
Bob foned up from Rodley Swing Bridge No 217, just as we were thinking of leaving, so we started off at 07:15 and met up with Bob there. At the swing bridge another two narrowboats appeared, so we let them through. A bit of swing bridge "leap frogging" then happened and we all arrived at the top of Newlay Three-Rise at 07:45, for the BW lockies to appear at 08:30.
The lockies were on time, so we started down first, followed by the pair. By 11:15 we were moored up on Granary Wharf, just above River Lock. Trevor and Molly jumped ship soon afterwards...........the Commode D' Or was by that time deep in the bowels of Earnest, having removed extraneous junk from the engine compartment. 
The easiest broken mount was first removed, rather easily seeing as we had the Porto-power Hydraulic wedgie, to hand. Some relief at last.......the threaded top mount of the Metalastic Flexi mount was a separate threaded bar, locked into a bonded in cage nut by a rather THICK lock nut (potential for joining bar together here!) 
A friendly BW bod helped out by looking for some threaded bar in the BW stores, under the side arches, beside Office Lock. No luck, but he thought that Spencer's in Armley was open on Saturday afternoon. After a fair hike Neil was rewarded by a closed sign, so legged it back to do the already thought of ultimate TNC bodge. 
The first bodged engine mount was soon reassembled, using a couple of car park stone edging blocks as a vice. Because the locked together stud would have to use the face of the nut locking the bar sections together as the under engine mount lock nut, adjustment could still be achieved by the amount of bar screwed into the mount. All went well with all THREE broken mounts, seeing as the fractures were clean breaks on hardened stud.
After a rather needed clean up of the Commode D' Or, we all went into Leeds, first to Whitelock's Bar, then to the La Comida With Vicente pizzeria. 


Rodley Swing Bridge No 217. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Rodley, approaching Moss Swing Bridge No 218. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Moss Swing Bridge No 218. Rodley. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Ross Mill Swing Bridge No 219. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The old Newlay Wharf. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at the old Newlay Wharf and narrows for the removed Swing Bridge No 220. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Bridge No 221. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Arrival at Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Waiting for the BW bods at the top of Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The armoured lockies bothy at Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


 Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Newlay Three-Rise Lock No 13 - 11. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Forge Three-Rise Lock No 10 - 8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Kirkstall Lock No 7. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Kirkstall Lock No 7. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds University Halls. Kirkstall New Road Bridge No 221 A in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds University Halls. Kirkstall New Road Bridge No 221 A in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Kirkstall New Road Bridge No 221 A. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Kirkstall Brewery Bridge No 222. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Wyther Bridge No 223. Kirkstall. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Redcote Bridge No 224. Upper Armley. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Redcote Bridge No 224. Upper Armley. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Boatyard in the old Kirkstall Power Station layby. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Bottom entrance to the old Kirkstall Power Station layby. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Armley Railway Bridge No 225. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Armley Mill Bridge No 225. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Botany Bay Railway Bridge No 225 C. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Canal Road Bridge No 225 A. Armley. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Spring Garden Lock No 6. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Spring Garden Lock No 6. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking down from Spring Garden Lock No 6 at Oddy Two-Rise Locks No 5 - 4. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Spring Garden Lock No 6. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Spring Garden Lock No 6. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Oddy Two-Rise Locks No 5 - 4. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Oddy Two-Rise Locks No 5 - 4. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Oddy Two-Rise Locks No 5 - 4. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Oddy Two-Rise Locks No 5 - 4. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Oddy Two-Rise Locks No 5 - 4. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


St Ann's Ing Lock No 3. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at St Ann's Ing Lock No 3 and Wellington Road Bridge No 225 D. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Disused Railway Bridge No 225 F. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Disused Railway Bridge No 225 F. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Monk Bridge No 225 G. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Monk Bridge No 225 G. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds Station Railway Approach Bridge No 225 H. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds Station Railway Approach Bridge No 225 H. Office Lock No 2 in the distance. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking back at Leeds Station Railway Approach Bridge No 225 H. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Office Lock No 2. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Office Lock No 2. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


River Lock No 1. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Office Lock No 2. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Office Lock No 2. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Office Lock No 2 and Office Lock Bridge No 226. Leeds. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Leeds Basin, Granary Wharf. River Lock No 1 in the distance. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


Looking up at Lock Bridge No 226 from Leeds Basin. Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


The joys of boat ownership. Rather greasy Commode D' Or and sheared engine mount support bolt.


The bodge repair to the engine mount support bolt - joined with a thick nut!


Whitelocks bar in Leeds. No food and rather arrogant customers.


Evening view of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Co. warehouse and River Lock No1. Leeds. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal starts here.

The Tour Continues...


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