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.
Interesting links here and here
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jester5 (1938) 2012-05-17 11:38
A really excellent piece of engineering captured with great imagination Martin.Well composed and and interesting point of view with clean graphics.Lovely.
Lots to look at through and beneath the frame too.
saxo042 (36912) 2012-05-17 22:36
You have found a good POV to show a close-up of this very impressive construction. You have also cropped thyis picture expertly. Interesting link.
tyro (18676) 2012-05-22 2:39
By Jove, you really are making an effort to fill up your U.K. map! And, sorry to say, I don't have a picture of this place though I did visit it a few years ago. And, curiously, during the couple of hours we spent at this place, the machinery broke down twice!
This is a beautifully composed (or cropped - what's the difference?) shot with all the elements very pleasingly arranged in the frame. For those of us with an engineering interest, there's lots to see and admire too.
Lovely colours, fine soft lighting, perfect exposure and stunning detail and sharpness.
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3360)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-01-31
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 24-105mm L f4 IS USM
- Exposure: f/7.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-17 11:08