Over the edge

Stuart Mcguire

Falkirk, United Kingdom

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taken at the falkirk wheel scotland with canon eos650d

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal the canals were linked by a new stretch between camelon and bantaskine . Named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland, the lift opened in 2002. The two canals it serves were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse
The wheel has an overall diameter of 115 ft and consists of two opposing arms which extend 15 metres beyond the central axle and take the shape of a Celtic-inspired, double-headed axe. Two sets of these axe-shaped arms are attached about 35 metres apart to a 3.5 metres diameter axle. Two diametrically opposed water-filled caissons, each with a capacity of 80,000 imperial gallons are fitted between the ends of the arms.The difference in height of the two canals at the wheel is 24 metres roughly equivalent to the height of an eight-storey building. But the Union Canal is 11 m 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.

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