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February 16, 2015

France: The Fontinettes Ecluse


Leaving Fontinettes Ecluse

Leaving Fontinettes Ecluse

Locks on Europe’s commercial waterways are generally large. Indeed, the locks on the Grand Gabarit, northern France’s barge superhighway, are designed to fit barges up to 36 feet wide and 469 feet long. Aside from being wide and long, locks on commercial waterways are often deep. Particularly deep is les Fontinettes, an ecluse on the Grand Gabarit near Saint Omer. (more…)

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November 26, 2013

England: Churnet Valley Railway


All aboard in Froghall

All aboard in Froghall

As near as I can determine, Britain has about 200 functioning heritage steam railway lines.  Through the help of thousands of volunteers relics of Britain’s steam rail past have (more…)

May 3, 2012

Canal des Deux Mers: Returning to Agen


Morning in Castets-en-Dorthe

Canal de Garonne

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April 21, 2012

Canal des Deux Mers: Meilhan-sur-Garonne to Castets-en-Dorthe


A long pound approaching Castets-en-Dorthe

Canal de Garonne

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