Birmingham Canal Navigations (Engine Arm)
The Birmingham Canal Navigations (Engine Arm) is a narrow canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It runs for 5 furlongs from Engine Arm Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Old Main Line)) to Handsworth Wharf Winding Hole (which is a dead end).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 88M - Stourport Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 85M - Black Country Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 38M - Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 2 - Severn, Avon & Birmingham
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Stourport Ring; Black Country Canals; Birmingham Canal Navigations
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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|Engine Arm Junction|
|Engine Arm Junction Bridge||a few yards||0 locks|
|Telford Aqueduct (South end)||½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Engine Bridge (Engine Arm)||1 furlong||0 locks|
|Bridge Street Basin and Wharf
|2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Smethwick Wharf||2½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bridge Street Bridge (Engine Arm)||2¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Rolfe Street Wharf||3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Handsworth Wharf||5 furlongs||0 locks|
|Handsworth Wharf Winding Hole
Engine Arm Services
|5 furlongs||0 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Engine Arm, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Closed - Factory Bridge (abandoned) to Engine Arm Moorings CSF/ Messroom — from Wednesday the 17th of July, 2019 to Friday the 17th of July, 2020.
Due to a building on fire adjacent to the canal, the towpath and navigation are closed until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will provide an update shortly.
Wikipedia has a page about Birmingham Canal Navigations
Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) is a network of canals connecting Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and the eastern part of the Black Country. The BCN is connected to the rest of the English canal system at several junctions.
At its working peak, the BCN contained about 160 miles (257 km) of canals; today just over 100 miles (160 km) are navigable, and the majority of traffic is from tourist and residential narrowboats.