London Canal Museum to Showcase Rare Towpath Tractor At The Waterways Festival 2013

Issue date: 24th June 2013

The London Canal Museum is delighted to be showcasing one of the UK’s last surviving Towpath Tractors at The Waterways Festival 2013 in Watford, from 19th to 21st July.

Built in 1960 by Wickhams of Ware, Hertfordshire, the Towpath Tractor was used to replace horses on the river Lee Navigation and on the Regent's and Grand Union Canals in London for approximately 20 years, prior to the decline of industrial canal traffic.

Very few of these mechanical horses have survived so the IWA is extremely pleased to be able to offer the opportunity festival goers the chance to see a fully working Towpath Tractor close-up.

Staged at Cassiobury Park and alongside the banks of the Grand Union Canal, The Waterways Festival is an exciting and colourful extravaganza with an array of attractions to provide an educational and fun day out for all the family.

At the festival, around 400 boats, many decorated, are expected to line up along the water’s edge, each captained by cheerful waterway enthusiasts. Heritage craft will also feature strongly, with historic working boats on display.  The event is also renowned for its high quality entertainment and there is always something to keep everyone amused. 

Find out more about The Waterways Festival 2013