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The Lock keeper of Groningen and his service bicycle

By bliba  
Is there a spot more lovely than the rest,
By art improved, by nature truly blest?
A noble river at its base running,
It is a little village known as Sonning.
James Sadler, Sonning lock keeper (18451885).

this frindly look keeper drives with his service bicycle everyday from bridge to bridge .....sometimes up to 25 miles Wink

Locks on commercial canals are usually power operated. The lock keeper, who no longer lives on site, controls the whole process from a control room overlooking the lock. In the modern age the control of traffic and locks on canals is being centralised. A single control centre can remotely operate several locks and moveable bridges in a wide area, overseeing the process using CCTV. For example, the Tilburg control centre in the Netherlands will remotely control 18 locks and 28 moveable bridges from 2015 on. This allows for a reduction in manpower while still providing round-the-clock service to water traffic. As the controller now has overview over the traffic moving through one lock after another, he can anticipate the arrival of boats by turning the lock in advance, having boats wait for another coming from behind to handle them simultaneously, or decide whether to turn a lock empty for a boat going in one direction or to wait for one going in the other direction.

Somewhre in Groningen/Netherlands August2016

thanks for looking


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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2210 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2017 6:48PM
A spare wheel in case of puncture??
Portrait of a man who is happy in his work.

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.9k 30 England
17 Mar 2017 6:52PM
When we went on the canals it was really nice to meet a friendly lock keeper. The thought of cycling along canal paths from lock to lock is rather enticing, in summer anyway. Smile
17 Mar 2017 7:00PM
Splendid character image Ollie, and an interesting introduction.SmileSmile
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2017 8:19PM
Great determinate expression caught Oliver!
Isabel GrinGrin
17 Mar 2017 8:33PM
Great character portrait and interesting narrative GrinGrin
17 Mar 2017 9:49PM
great shot and story and he rides a Mustang
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2017 10:16PM
Excellent character study, Oliver.

Lovely picture with a great writeup. Well done Oliver.
woolybill1 Plus
13 31 76 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2017 7:40AM
I love canal walks - in the dry Smile
This keeper is not a man to argue with, I suspect . . .
18 Mar 2017 10:34AM
One of the canals in Scotland are operated by the crew of boats going through, only locks that have roads crossing are operated by a lock keeper.
The system works very well mostly, on the odd occasion a fishing boat using the canal as a short cut will leave the gates open behind them, they get as far as the next lock keeper who makes them send a crew member back to close all the gates before he allows them passage to the open sea.

Not a common occurrence But I have seen it happen.

He looks like somebody not to cross Oliver.

TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 15 England
18 Mar 2017 11:58AM
Sounds a very responsible job on reading your write-up, Oliver. A fine capture of man and his transport Smile
Trev Smile
capto Plus
8 6.2k 18 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2017 4:17PM
That seems a great job.Smile

Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
19 Mar 2017 10:06AM
A guy with attitude! (I've never seen him again) Beautifully composed!

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