Hello everbody !
Came on this site quite by chance . I have had a lifetimes interest in all aspects of industrial and transport history . My particular interests being canals , railways , collieries , Edwardian fairground equipment and WW2 Defence sites .Not only do I enjoy searching out remains ( a recent discovery was the site of a hundred year old tram depot servicing area) but I have also owned and been involved in practical preservation of steam locomotives , road steam engines and former canal carrying craft . I am currently nearing the completion of a three year project to rebuild and restore a 1934 Fellows Morton & Clayton Canal Working boat that spent the majority of its life carrying cargo on the midlands canals .
I have already read some of the threads and found the ones on Boulton & Paul , Beans Foundry , the ROC site and Chillington Wharf extremely interesting and look forward to reading more .
By the way my forum name Hobbler is a tribute to the men who assisted working boatmen down long flights of locks such as the Wolverhampton 21 (usually for little more than the price of a pint) who were known as Hobblers .