The entire Standedge Tunnel fleet took off on a journey to Liverpool last week!
The three electric tugs and two passenger boats headed westward through the tunnel and down the Diggle lock flight to Wool Road, Dobcross. Here they were craned out onto four waiting lorries with extendible trailers to travel by road to Liverpool.
The nine-year old vessels will undergo repairs and maintenance, including some plating work to the hulls.
The convoy is expected to return to Tunnel End in time for the start of the 2010 Standedge Tunnel season on March 20th.
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One of the passenger vessels is lowered onto a waiting truck.
Leaving the Wool Road car park.
One of the tugs is lifted out of the water.
Another tug leaves the water.
Two of the tugs are put onto one trailer. The third had a trailer to itself.