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Falkirk Wheel 001

The only Boat Lift in the World like it

The Wheel has an outside diameter of 35m, and comprises two 1.4m wide steel, clawed arms rotating on a 3.5 m diameter axle. A pair of 25m long, 300 m3 water filled caissons (or "gondolas") act as containers for boats which are lifted through the 24m vertical distance between the two canals. Drive is provided at one end of the axle through a system of hydraulic planetary gear units, with stability of the caissons ensured by a network of synchronised gears. It is capable of carrying a total payload of 600 tonnes in winds of Beaufort Force 6 (25-31 miles per hour). Boat transfer time will be about 15 minutes

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Taken on August 8, 2006