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The Falkirk Wheel

 

Opened in 2002, the Falkirk boat lift is a modern engineering marvel of the 21st century. Up to 1933 a flight of eleven locks enabled boats to pass between the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal but they fell into duisuse and evemtually filled in. The difference in height between the two canals is 35 metres so bridiging the gap would aways require an innovative solution.

 

As part of the regreneration of the area it was decided to reconnect the two canals and the outcome was the Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boat lift in the world. It takes about 5-6minutes for a boat to be lifted between the canals and, becuase of the efficient design, only uses an amount of electricty equivalent to boiling 22 kettles to compete the lift.

 

The wheel has been a very successful tourist attraction for the area with a visitor centre, cafe and bost trips between the canals.

The Falkirk Wheel

 

Opened in 2002, the Falkirk boat lift is a modern engineering marvel of the 21st century. Up to 1933 a flight of eleven locks enabled boats to pass between the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal but they fell into duisuse and evemtually filled in. The difference in height between the two canals is 35 metres so bridiging the gap would aways require an innovative solution.

 

As part of the regreneration of the area it was decided to reconnect the two canals and the outcome was the Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boat lift in the world. It takes about 5-6minutes for a boat to be lifted between the canals and, becuase of the efficient design, only uses an amount of electricty equivalent to boiling 22 kettles to compete the lift.

 

The wheel has been a very successful tourist attraction for the area with a visitor centre, cafe and bost trips between the canals.

comments (14)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 May 2011, 01:37
I saw a doco on this just the other week good photo mate
Les Auld: Thanks Vintage smile
Wow Les... I've never even heard of this wheel before. Great photo! This video brought me up to speed on it... http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1364160013288272447#docid=1438510494110388575
Les Auld: It is fascinating just to stand and watch Jacquelyn, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 23 May 2011, 05:38
I could say, "Welcome to The Netherlands, Les!" smile I stare at these contraptions here because they're amazing. I love your POV on this one and, of course, your 'HDR' work.
Les Auld: They are examples of great modern engineering Ginnie, thanks for the comment
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 May 2011, 08:18
I stumbled across this by accident one day when I was heading out of Edinburgh towards the east side of the Trossachs and caught sight of the brown "Falkirk Wheel" signs. Curiosity got the better of me and I found it all fascinating. I think most of the tourists just do a short trip up and down. Love your sky here!
Les Auld: The one thing I cannot be held responsible for is the sky Alan, it just was. But the wheel is something else. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 May 2011, 08:40
What an amazing thing Les!
Les Auld: It is indeed Chris, thanks for the comment.
I have never seen one before, good treatment again Les smile
Les Auld: Thanks Linda, it just called for a bit of HDR.
Good shot Les, I would really like to see this in action.
Les Auld: I could stand for ages watching it Brian, thanks for the comment.
Great shot of this futuristic construction Les. The sky makes a fitting background too
Les Auld: Thanks Janet, appreciate the comment.
Good pic' Les of an impressive piece of engineering, nice treatment too.
Les Auld: Very impressive indeed, thanks for the comment Frank.
really nice Lessmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, appreciate the comment.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 May 2011, 17:29
Dramatic treatment and image.
Les Auld: Thanks John, I thought the subject just called for a bit of HDR.
I have never heard of this! What an amazing thing it looks
Les Auld: A miracle of modern engineering Bill, thanks for the comment.
What a great shot of the Falkirk Wheel, i live 6 miles from the wheel Les and i can honestly say that this is the best image i have seen,well done !!!!!
Regards Jim
Les Auld: Many thanks for the comment Jim, it was an amazing sight to be sure.
That's amazing Les! What a clever idea and very impressive structure. You have done it justice
Les Auld: Thanks Pamela, I certainly found it very impressive.

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