Birmingham Canal - Birmingham Canal Navigations

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The continuing canal follows Telford's new cut and tunnel at Coseley. Advances in construction methods since Brindley's canal and the quest for quicker journey times led to the use of tunnels and deep cuttings. The line of the canal was straightened between here and Birmingham.


Bradley Canal Junction to Factory Junction


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Beyond Bradley Junction the Main Line was straightened by Thomas Telford with cuttings and a tunnel beneath Coseley opened in 1837.





SO9394 : Anchor Lane View by Gordon Griffiths SO9494 : School Bridge by Gordon Griffiths

SO9494 : Approach to Coseley Tunnel by Gordon Griffiths SO9494 : Footbridge over the Birmingham Main Line Canal by John M SO9494 : North portal of Coseley Tunnel by John M SO9493 : Coseley Tunnel by Gordon Griffiths SO9493 : Exit Coseley Tunnel by Gordon Griffiths

SO9493 : South from Coseley Tunnel by John M SO9493 : Birmingham Canal by Gordon Griffiths SO9493 : Central Drive Bridge by Gordon Griffiths SO9592 : Malthouse Stables - Factory Junction by John M

Brindley's Canal rejoins at Ox Leasowes.

Factory Junction marks the major parting of the ways between the Brindley's 'Old Main Line' and Telford's 'New Main Line'. 'New Main Line' drops down to the 'Smethwick Level' through a flight of three locks whilst the 'Old Main Line' continues towards Tipton at the 'Wolverhampton Level'.

Factory Junction to Smethwick Junction on Brindley's Main Line


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The Brindley 'Old Main Line' cut follows the contours through the Black Country towns, Tipton, Oldbury and Smethwick.

SO9592 : This way for the Dudley Tunnel, Merry Hill & Stourbridge by Row17 SO9592 : Owen Street Bridge by John M SO9592 : Anchored in Neptune's Garden by John M
SO9592 : Canalside Development in Tipton by John M SO9592 : Canalside living - old & new by Richard Law SO9591 : The Birmingham Canal by Gordon Griffiths


SO9591 : Canal Junction, Tipton by Richard Law SO9591 : Towpath on the Birmingham Canal at Tipton Junction by Richard Law SO9591 : Bush Road Bridge by Gordon Griffiths SO9591 : Pitchfork Bridge, Tipton by Richard Law
SO9591 : Old Railway Bridge by Gordon Griffiths SO9591 : Coneygree Rail Bridge, Tipton by Richard Law SO9591 : The Birmingham Canal near Burnt Tree by Gordon Griffiths SO9691 : Randalls Bridge by Gordon Griffiths


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Industry has given way to canal-side housing development at Dudley Port.

SO9691 : Dudley Port Bridge by Gordon Griffiths SO9691 : Dudley Port Canal Basin by Gordon Griffiths SO9690 : Birmingham Canal at Tividale by Gordon Griffiths
SO9790 : Gilbert's Bridge by Gordon Griffiths SO9790 : Dudley Road Bridge by Gordon Griffiths




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SO9790 : Towing path bridge by Jonathan Wilkins SO9889 : Canalside Offices at Oldbury by Row17
The noisy M5 motorway was built in the late 1960s. Will this still be here in another 130 years. The Highways Agency has been regularly patching the structure for 30 years. An imposed current cathode protection system controls corrosion of the reinforcing bars.
SO9989 : Hidden Canal by Gordon Griffiths SO9989 : Under the Motorway by Bill Payer SO9989 : Oldbury Locks Junction by Row17

The Titford Arm leading down from the Titford Reservoir helps to maintain water levels.


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Brindley's 'Old Main Line' crosses Telford's 'New Main Line' on an aqueduct.

SP0089 : Canals (and other lines of communication) at West Smethwick by Andrew Longton SP0089 : Oldbury - Beauty and the Beast by Dave Bevis








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Passing beside the Smethwick Pumping Station the two canals run parallel for a while. The Engine Arm crosses the lower canal on an iron aqueduct. The 'Old Main Line' then drops down through three locks to join the 'New Main Line' at Smethwick Junction.

SP0188 : Canals at Smethwick by Andrew Longton SP0188 : New pumping station, Smethwick by David Stowell SP0288 : Smethwick Junction by Christine Johnstone
SP0289 : Smeaton's Smethwick Locks by planetearthisblue SP0289 : Nearing Smethwick Junction by Row17 SP0289 : Popes Bridge 'Tunnel' by D M Wilmot

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