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Buddy Posted on 31/5 8:05
OOOH!! I'VE GOT A BUZZARD!!!!


Red_Clowne Posted on 31/5 8:19
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Have you named it Leighton?


Buddy Posted on 31/5 8:29
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Fascinating fact: Leighton Buzzard station is in Linslade, not Leighton Buzzard. And don't even start me on Tring.

Not the reference I had in mind though.

Capybara Posted on 31/5 8:32
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Oh, the vagaries and incongruities of the West Coast Main Line outer suburban railway stations. I refer the honourable member for MK but not Dons to Mr T4Tomo for expert opinion.

Red_Clowne Posted on 31/5 8:35
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Went through there 30-odd years ago on the Grand Union. Some nice canal-side pubs if I remember with bar skittles (like a half-sized alley, nine pins and wooden "balls" that were cheese shaped).

Isn't Stoke Bruene (sp) near there and Linslade?

I suspect most of the country-side will have been built on now as Milton Keynes expanded.


Buddy Posted on 31/5 9:04
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Linslade is contiguous (is that right Capy?) with LB. Stoke Bruerne is about 20 miles or so further up the canal, much nearer Northampton and with Milton Keynes in between.

The thing about MK is that it's bounded on all sides by older places, so the outer limits of it 30 years ago are more or less the outer limits now. You would have gone through locks Fenny Stratford at the southern end (about 100 yards from where I'm sat now) and Cosgrove at the northern end, and they are still at the bottom and top of the town. Apparently that's the longest lock-less stretch of canal in the country, about 13 miles I think.

Everything in between has been built on but the canal is the focus of what they call a linear park, so it's very rare to get too close to a house on it.

Capybara Posted on 31/5 9:09
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'Adjoins' would do.

But on a more important point, the Ashby de la Zouch canal is lockless from the point where it joins the Coventry Canal north of, errm, Coventry to its conclusion in the middle of the Lecestershire countryside (it never reached Ashby de la Zouch). That's 20 miles or so, so either your figure is wrong or your 'fact' is

T4Tomo Posted on 31/5 9:11
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Indeed Tring Station is nearer to Aldbury than Tring. Also Tring station doesn't have a cab office which is a bit poor given its one of the more frequent stops on the line.

Cheddington (my former manor) is nearer to Horton and Mentmore than Cheddington, and also the scene of the Great Train Robbery.

The apartments at the old ovaltine factory are looking good by the way Capy, cycled past them the other day. All the old frontage has been maintained (and repainted) so its an Art Deco masterpiece.

Red_Clowne Posted on 31/5 9:12
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Yes those names ring a bell.

That longest stretch, isn't there a very shallow lock of about 12 inches drop around there?

Seem to remember that when we went through it, it took almost as long as a 10 foot one to empty or fill!


Capybara Posted on 31/5 9:15
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The lock where the Ashby joins the Coventry (by the more-than excellent-Greyhound pub) is one such lock. No more than a foot drop, if that. It's a stop lock. These were used to conserve the canal companies' water where canals from different companies joined.

Buddy Posted on 31/5 9:15
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Yes, that's Fenny. You can't tell the difference visually. There's a plaque beside it pointing out that it was only put there to maintain water levels due to leakage or something.

Tomo - do you know WHY Tring is all the way out there? (Otherwise I'll tell my story and then Capy will produce a historical document saying otherwise).

And the Ovaltine place - King's Langley I presume - have they retained the thermometer/clock?

Buddy Posted on 31/5 9:19
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"The start of this section is Fenny Lock, at 1ft the smallest drop on the Grand Union. This was a late addition to the overall plan, introduced to avoid a long embankment north of the lock in notoriously unstable ground. They tried without one at first, but they couldn't keep the water in, hence the lock. The swing bridge on the lock is still in regular use by the residents of the lock cottages but should be open to navigation, and should be left that way."

T4Tomo Posted on 31/5 9:40
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Buddy - not 100% sure. I know it was originally going to be a Met line Station and link into Chesham and Chalfont. I imagine its stuck out there either due to Land contours or because it was originally going to serve Pendley Manor which is very close.

Buddy Posted on 31/5 9:53
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Story I heard was that Tring town was owned by Baron de Rothschild who didn't want the new-fangled noisy smoky thing on his land, so it had to be built outside his boundary. Hence they were unable to use the Tring Gap and had to dig the bloody great cutting just north of the station.

trodbitch Posted on 31/5 9:55
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You lot make me look interesting.

Capybara Posted on 31/5 9:55
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Trod.

captain5 Posted on 31/5 9:58
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Not to those of us who've met you, trod.

speckyget Posted on 31/5 10:02
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I thought 'the Tring Gap' was Graham Poll's understanding of Law 12.

T4Tomo Posted on 31/5 10:02
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Looks can be deceptive trod, you boring git.

The big clock is still there, I didn't notice whether the temp thing was still there to be honest, I check next time I'm out on the bike.

Buddy Posted on 31/5 11:11
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ANYWAY --------

nobody watch Springwatch then?

trodbitch Posted on 31/5 11:13
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"Not to those of us who've met you, trod."

"Looks can be deceptive trod, you boring git."

"Trod."

Capybara Posted on 31/5 13:44
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So, how far from Tring is Tring station? There's been plenty in the past who have not realised that the suffix 'Parkway' on the names of new railway stations that sprung up in the 70s and 80s actually meant 'is a long way from here and you will need a car to get anywhere meaningful because only one 'bus an hour stops here if you are lucky'. However, if I actually wanted to go to Tring (which I don't), I would expect that by travelling to a station called 'Tring' I would be there or thereabouts.

Buddy Posted on 31/5 14:01
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This far

Link: Well over a mile

T4Tomo Posted on 31/5 14:57
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1.8 miles from the post office.

Capy, having been to Bristol Parkway (to pick up the Fig) I second that.