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Crofton Lock No.62: Crofton Crossing Bridge No.100: Crofton Lock No.61: Crofton Lock No.60: Wilton Water: Crofton Pumping Station: Crofton Lock No.59:

SU26622007 SU2662 : Crofton Lock No 62, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2004 SU2662 : Kennet & Avon Canal, Crofton by Dr Neil Clifton
2003 SU2662 : Waterfowl near Crofton by Nigel Brown2003 SU2662 : Swans and cygnets at Crofton by Nigel Brown
2009 SU2662 : Towpath, Kennet and Avon Canal by Maigheach-gheal2005 SU2662 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Michel Van den Berghe
2007 SU2662 : Crofton Crossing Bridge and Lock No 61, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2007 SU2662 : Lock No 61 and Crofton Crossing Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
2005 SU2662 : Geese on the Kennet & Avon canal near Crofton by Nigel Brown2009 SU2662 : Canal at Crofton by Graham Horn
1976 SU2662 : Crofton Engine House, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2008 SU2662 : Crofton - Lock by Chris Talbot
2009 SU2662 : Sluice, Kennet and Avon Canal by Maigheach-gheal2007 SU2662 : Crofton Engine House, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton


1976
SU2662 : Crofton Lock No 62, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This is the second bottom of the nine Crofton locks, which were all unusable at the time of this photograph (1976), but are happily all now restored. The canal here is in very close proximity to the railway line.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2010
SU2662 : Lock 62 from Bridge 99, Kennet and Avon Canal by Brian Robert Marshall
I know Bridge 99 is so named because it has a plaque on it. Lock 62's identification is derived from Dr Clifton's photographs of it.
by Brian Robert Marshall


2005
SU2662 : Work train near Crofton by Nigel Brown
The main line is closed for maintenance, and a Class 60 diesel electric locomotive stands patiently at the head of a train of ballast wagons waiting to tip their load onto the renewed track.
by Nigel Brown


2007
SU2662 : Lock No 62, Crofton, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Seen from the western ('uphill') end, This is the second lock from the bottom of the flight of nine Crofton locks. The disused New Bridge is seen in the distance.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2662 : Get your diesel here, Kennet and Avon Canal by Maigheach-gheal
These two narrow boats sell fuel - logs, diesel and gas.
by Maigheach-gheal


2009
SU2662 : Near Crofton by Graham Horn
An eastbound service from the West Country to London Paddington passes the canal between locks 61 and 62 near Crofton pumping station, the chimney of which can be seen behind the fourth carriage.
by Graham Horn


1976
SU2662 : Crofton Crossing Bridge and Lock No 61, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The bridge is now so named as the road goes on to cross the railway on a level crossing here. Lock No 61 is the third one from the bottom of the Crofton flight of nine locks.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2004
SU2662 : Lock No 61, Crofton, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Sharing a lock makes sense whenever possible. It saves a lockful of water - very important especially on some canals such as the K&A, and it also shares the work of the lock between two crews. If you see another boat coming behind, always wait for him to share the lock with you.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2662 : Lock 61 by Graham Horn
This is the 7th lock of the Crofton flight, counting from the top, although some people regard the last three as not part of the flight. Behind is Crofton Crossing Bridge. Crofton Crossing predates both the canal and the adjacent railway that it crosses. It is the route of the Roman Road from Cirencester (Corinium) to Winchester (Venta Belgarum).
by Graham Horn


1999
SU2662 : Kennet & Avon Canal, Crofton by David Stowell
The buildings in the distance house the Beam pumping engines that used to keep the canal fed with water. They have been preserved and are operated several times a year for visitors. The smoke shows the boilers are being stoked up for a day's work!
by David Stowell


2009
SU2662 : Railway at Crofton by Graham Horn
This is taken from lock 60, the lock by Crofton pumping station. The railway was built parallel to the canal in 1862. Here is squeezes between the lock and the pumping station on a speed-restricted curve. This train is heading south-west on a service from London Paddington to the West Country and can be seen just starting to take the cant into the curve.
by Graham Horn


2004
SU2662 : Crofton Pumping Station by Chris Allen
Two workable cornish beam engines, the oldest by Boulton & Watt 1812 is the oldest steam engine capable of doing its full duty in the world. This is a faint blob on the horizon in one of the other geographs for this square.
by Chris Allen


it is my hope that someone with more knowledge of Crofton Pumping Station than I will take on the task of writing an article MEP
1999
SU2662 : Crofton pumping engines by David Stowell
One of the boilers for the steam driven beam pumping engines. Since the canal was owned and maintained (although none too enthusiastically!) by the Great Western Railway for the later part of its working life, the brasswork around the firehole doors has that company's name cast into it.
by David Stowell


2009
SU2662 : Wilton Water by Graham Horn
Wilton Water is a reservoir created in a natural valley to provide a water supply for the Kennet and Avon Canal. Having decided to build the summit level of the canal at a higher level, to minimise the length of complicated tunnelling involved, the question of how to keep the canal supplied with water became a bigger issue, as there were not enough natural springs feeding the summit. It was decided to dam this side valley and build Crofton pumping station to pump water from here up 45 feet to the summit level. The outlet for the Crofton pump is to the right, passing under the canal. Here are conventional weir paddles to let water into the pound between locks 60 and 61 should the level in Wilton Water get to high.
by Graham Horn


2007
SU2662 : Crofton Lock No 60, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Lock 60, now fully restored and in working order, is the fourth one from the bottom of the Crofton flight. Seen from the western end.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2007
SU2662 : Crofton Lock No 59, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This shows the tailgates of Lock 59, viewed from the east. This lock is the fifth from the bottom of the flight of nine locks, thus it is the middle one.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2662 : Crofton locks by Graham Horn
A narrowboat prepares to enter lock 59, the fifth of the flight of the flight of nine locks at Crofton (which ever way you are heading).
by Graham Horn


2007
SU2662 : Lock No 59 from the west, Crofton, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The middle lock of the Crofton flight of nine. It is a pleasure to see these pristine locks now fully restored to working order and a tribute to the dedicated volunteers who made it possible.
by Dr Neil Clifton






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