Monday, September 28, 2009

Falkirk Wheel

In 1822 the Scots dug a canal linking the River Clyde on the
west with the Firth of Forth on the east, thus making a
waterway connection across the island. The canal was in
use for a few decades, then fell into disuse as railroads
connected the whole nation. In the late 1990s, they
decided to reopen the canal, for tourism and economic
development in central Scotland, and part of the reopening
was the creation of the Falkirk Wheel, which replaces
several of the original locks on the canal. I'm not sure
whether it's an engineering marvel or just a big gadget,
but it was something we have been wanting to see in
operation. The poster photo gives some idea of how it
works (one boat counterweighs the others). Above, the
Canal, with the Wheel in the background.

Interestingly, the train goes under the canal

Closer-up of the Wheel

The poster photo

And they light it up at


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