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Trolley-powered canal boats?
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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2016 06:19 pm
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Just learned of these today.
"For many centuries, canal boats were propelled by men, horses or mules on the towpath beside the water. Before diesel power took over, engineers developed several interesting methods powered by electricity: trolleyboats, floating funiculars and electric mules. Many of these ecological solutions could be applied today instead of diesel engines. Because of the very low energy requirements, they could easily be powered by renewable energy, generated on the spot by water turbines located at sluices. One trolleyboat line is still in use."
http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2009/12/trolley-canal-boats.html



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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2016 06:23 pm
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Electric ''mules'' pulled the ships through the Panama canal locks since it's building--and might still do after the recent re-building



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Panama Canal I know, but the boats taking power directly from overhead is new to me.



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I cant find the link but somewhere in Victorian England/Wales there was a canal with overhead powered boats on it BUT it power was supplied via a mesh overhead and the return was by the water. From what I remember it was problematic as water fowl used to get caught in the overhead mesh....

I thought that was right up there along with Volks "Daddy Long Legs" Now this deserves a working model in someones pond; http://www.urban75.org/railway/brighton-sea-railway.html
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=volks+daddy+long+legs+railway&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwigroutm63KAhWCPKYKHZ3OBZoQsAQIMw&biw=1440&bih=813

Stop and think what the world may have been like without the eccentrics who developed this stuff in the first place.....



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Yes Trev,

I vaguely remember once reading about a length of overhead powered canal but I cannot recall where or when. There is a commonly seen old photo showing an overhead cable slung on posts along a canal wharf-side but it is a very early electric light system for night-time coal handling.

Volk's Electric Railway (the beach railway) is still in regular public use.

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OHH! I like it!!

Turn up the power, and you might get fried fish for lunch!!


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Herb Kephart wrote:
OHH! I like it!!

Turn up the power, and you might get fried fish for lunch!!


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At the very least you would expect the fish to be copper plated..... So they wouldnt rust.....



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Salada wrote:
Yes Trev,


Volk's Electric Railway (the beach railway) is still in regular public use.

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Yes on my now immense bucket list and while Im there Im going to play the tower ballroom organ then the Isle of Man, I have to get to the isle of man and not for the bike races...



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