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Old March 14th 19, 10:10 PM posted to uk.transport.london
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On 14/03/2019 20:51, Roland Perry wrote:
In message , at 16:31:58 on Thu, 14 Mar
2019, Basil Jet remarked:

Is any canal fed by pumping?
*The Kennet and Avon is probably the most well known, but there are
others:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/specialist-teams/caring-for-our-heritage/

heritage-team-blog/heritage-team/pumping-stations


Thanks. What I meant to ask was were any canals planned to use pumps,
as opposed to having pumps retro-fitted when water supply disappointed.


From wikipedia, re K&A:

"The canal opened in 1810 after 16 years of construction. Major
structures included the Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts, the Bruce Tunnel
under Savernake Forest, and the pumping stations at Claverton and
Crofton, needed to overcome water supply problems."


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claverton_Pumping_Station

"The pumping station was built between 1809 and 1813 to overcome water
supply problems"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crofton_Pumping_Station

"It contains an operational Boulton & Watt steam engine dating from 1812"

So they both seem to have been afterthoughts whose construction started
around or after the canal opening. The water usage of a canal depends on
how often the locks are operated, so maybe the canal was planned to have
less traffic than ended up using it.

I'm still not sure if any canal was actually planned with pumping, or
why the Strood tunnel was built at all. Although the Thames and Medway
Canal was built to compete against the journey around the Hoo Peninsula,
so journey time will have been more of an issue than with most canals.

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