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The Canal Belongs to Me

Tony Byfield with London Canal Museum

Tony Byfield is one of the last surviving London canal tractor drivers. In the 1950s, miniature diesel tractors were introduced to the towpath to replace horses, working short-distance barge traffic around London's waterways. Taken from interviews and oral history recordings, this book is an account of his life and times on the London canals and is a vivid account of a previously little-documented story.

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