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|If you are anywhere near Glasgow or Edinburgh, you must visit the Falkirk Wheel. I saw on TL some time ago and made a point of going there on a recent visit to Scotland.|
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift located in Falkirk, Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The two canals were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse, were filled in and the land built upon them.
The plan to regenerate the canals of central Scotland to reconnect Glasgow with Edinburgh was led by British Waterways. It was decided early on to create a dramatic 21st century landmark structure to reconnect the canals, instead of simply recreating the historic lock flight.
The difference in the levels of the two canals at the wheel is 24 metres (79 ft), roughly equivalent to the height of an eight-storey building. The Union Canal, however, is 11m higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel, and boats must pass through a pair of locks to descend from this canal onto the aqueduct at the top of the wheel.
On 24 May 2002, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Falkirk Wheel as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations. A fine example of Scottish engineering.
A view from the barge entering the upper lock is shown in the WS
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