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Inland waterways, Compilation No.39

Inland waterways, Compilation No.39

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Loading coal at KellingleyBackground

On a hot summer day in August 1997, the Cawoods Hargreaves push tug CH106 takes full 170 tonne compartment boats to Ferrybridge C power station where they are marshalled, lifted 12m by the gigantic boat hoist and the coal tipped into hoppers.

A Cawoods Hargreaves push tug passing the boat hoistThe empty boats are then re-assembled into a train and towed along the Aire & Calder canal through Ferrybridge lock, via Knottingley to be re-loaded from the conveyor at Kellingley colliery.

The compilation shows in detail the operation of this waterway coal carrying operation, which is the modern descendant of the old "Tom Puddings" system.


Since this recording was made Ferrybridge C power station closed in May 2015 (it last produced electricity on 23 March 2015) and Kellingley colliery closed on 18 December 2015.

CH 106 at Ferrybridge Lock


  • This compilation has no commentary.
  • SE 4813 2520
  • £ 12.00 - DVD
  • Running Time: 39 mins
  • Recorded August 1997
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • Produced with support from the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester.


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