It was pouring as we set off from home to Thorne, but the weather was supposed to improve.
The Cromwell Lock keepers had advised us that we could get to West Stockwith today, rather than tomorrow, as 5PM was the time to leave Keadby today to go to West Stockwith. Other boats travelling further, to Torksey (twice as far) will leave after 3PM, to catch the flood tide.
We hoped to see our friends Elaine and Chris Turner, who had moored next to Annie overnight on their way north. As we arrived, they were just setting off, but returned to have a chat. Elaine looked fine after her immersion at Vazon Swing Bridge, thank goodness. I also saw bell ringing friend Ifor Barton moored up, on a trip out from his green Springer's home mooring at Rawcliffe Bridge near Goole.
|Chris and Elaine on Jophina 2, with Ifor Barton looking on, as the dogs bid each other farewell!|
|heading north to Leeds and beyond|
|Leaving Thorne. Once Louis & Joshua, then Tyler Wilson, run by Nationwide now, I believe?|
|Liana operating Moores Swing Bridge, a typical vehicle bridge here.|
|Oil Seed Rape fields and wind farms under a lowering sky|
|We had help at Godnow Swing Bridge, luckily. The Railway man closes his barrier first here.|
|Most swing bridges were ok, but the manual Medge Hall bridge needed both of us to shift it this time.|
|Goods trains are common, fishermen less so|
|Dutch Barge Edith on her way westwards from Keadby|
|the amazing sliding rail bridge just before Keadby, controlled from the signal box. We were asked to wait ten minutes, for a pause in the train traffic.|
|Keadby Lift Bridge used to be operated by filling the big "bucket" on the left side with river water.|
|leaving Keadby with our companion narrowboat following|
|there was lots of flotsam coming up the river again with the flood tide|
|the Trent is wide here. Much of the front has had rust cleaned off and coated with iron oxide paint, with the cratch off and cover being repaired at the moment|
|Flotsam near the M180 Bridge|
|John steering Annie, with Keadby Power Station in the background|