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New pump arrives for canal lock


The canal is owned and operated by British Waterways

A canal lock in Wiltshire that was in danger of running dry has taken delivery of a new pump.

Two historic steam pumps, built in the 1800s, were called into action over the weekend after the modern electric pump failed at Crofton near Marlborough.

A stretch of the canal had to be closed for a time as using the locks could have led it to run dry.

Volunteers were called in to fire up the Georgian beam engine pumps in the museum at Crofton Pumping Station.

"After asking the wife if I could go and play, she said 'yes' and we were all here," said volunteer Dick Poole.

"Seeing these engines in operation filled you with a sense of awe even though you're quite familiar with them," added team member Roger Jackson.

"Their ability to lift this water 40 foot from the canal and to continue to do it for almost two centuries is really a remarkable achievement."

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