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The Falkirk Wheel.

An amazing engineering tour de force, built to replace a flight of locks, long since abandoned, to re-unite two lengths of canal and so rejoin Glasgow and Edinburgh by water.

The system relies on two giant caissons, rotating on a central shaft, balancing each other as they rotate.You can see here the gears that join the two sides together. Despite its size, the system is so well balanced, its runs on barely more than the power of an electric kettle ! A broader view in WS.

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