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Old Main Line (BCN)

Description of Old Main Line (BCN): Part of the original main line. Runs from Smethwick Junction to Tipton Factory Junction, joining back to the present Main line in both places.

History of Old Main Line (BCN): Engineered by James Brindley and opened in November 1769.
For more details see the History page.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Canal and M6 Motorway

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Old Main Line (BCN): Length 70 foot, beam 7 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Old Main Line (BCN): Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Smethwick Junction

Junction with BCN Main Line Junction with BCN Main Line

0

0

N

SP028890

139

Smethwick Top Lock No 3

Preceeded by Smethwick Locks 1 and 2, and followed by the junction with the Engine Branch.

0.4

3

N

SP024889

139

Spon Lane Junction

Junction with Spon Lane Locks Branch (BCN) Junction with Spon Lane locks Branch

2

3

N

SP005898

139

Oldbury Junction

Junction with Titford Canal (BCN) Junction with Titford Canal

2.6

3

N

SO994892

139

Junction with Houghton Branch Canal

2.8

3

N

SO992891

139

Brades Hall Junction

Junction with Gower Branch Canal (BCN) Junction with Gower Branch Canal

3.9

3

N

SO978903

139

Aqueduct over Netherton Tunnel Branch

4.4

3

N

SO968909

139

Tipton Junction

Junction with Dudley Canal Line No 1 Junction with the Dudley Canal

5.5

3

N

SO951919

139

Tipton Factory Junction

Junction with BCN Main Line Junction with the BCN Main Line

6.5

3

N

SO950927

139

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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