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2001 Milton Keynes Festival

Pictures and sounds of historic boats

The 2001 National Waterways Festival was held just a few hundred yards from our house in Milton Keynes. In fact many of the boats were moored further from the site than our house which is near Bridge 83. Here are a few pictures of the historic boats that were at the Festival, with the occasional short sound clip where they had an interesting engine.

You just can't beat the sound of a semi-diesel engine, especially a Bolinder with its characteristically uneven beat (although I once heard a woman at Braunston say when she heard one that she was surprised the organisers had allowed it to take part in the parade when it was misfiring so badly). If you don't mind downloading a 2.5Mb wave file, I think you'll really enjoy the sound of this one!

 

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Willow Wren's 'Corona' Stuarts and Lloyds tug 'Bittell' 'Lynx' 'Lynx'
       
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'Kangaroo' towing 'Australia' 'Kangaroo' towing 'Australia' (Listen) 'Kangaroo' towing 'Australia' (Listen) 'Greyhound' (I think)
       
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'Greyhound (?) again (doesn't it sound good!) 'Renfrew' Thomas Clayton's 'Severn' Thomas Clayton's 'Severn' (Listen)
       
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The Narrow Boat Trust's 'Nuneaton' 'Kangaroo' and 'Australia' 'Severn' winding by Bridge 83 'Helen' winding by Bridge 83

The parade of illuminated boats

Just a few pictures of the parade of illuminated boats. I was still learning how to use the camera then, so I didn't get many good ones.

 

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