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Dudley Canal

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This canal has two lines; Line no 1 ,(the original canal) from Tipton it passes through the Dudley Tunnel, then the short Grazebrook Arm leaves to the south-east.

After Parkhead Locks, Line No 2 (a later extension) leaves at Park Head Junction, from where Line No 1 continues though the Merry Hill Shopping Centre (built on the site of the former Round Oak Steelworks) before meeting the Stourbridge Canal end-on at the bottom of the 8 Delph Locks.

After a period of disuse following nationalisation in 1948, Line No 1 was rescued by the Dudley Canal Trust. The Dudley tunnel reopened in 1973, and a short arm north of the tunnel runs into what is now the Black Country Museum, from where visitors can take boat trips into the tunnel.

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