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Falkirk Wheel
Title: Falkirk Wheel
Description: The Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift, sits midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow and connects the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Originally the Union Canal had to stop at this point as there is a 150ft drop to the Forth and Clyde canal below. A series of 11 locks allowed boats to travel between the two canals but this took a whole day to negotiate. With the Falkirk Wheel, it takes minutes to continue the canal journey.
Date: September 2002
Falkirk Wheel
Title: Falkirk Wheel
Description: This view shows the canal viaduct which leads to a tunnel and bridge under the Edinburgh/Glasgow railway line. Boat trips are available daily.
Date: September 2002
Falkirk Wheel
Title: Falkirk Wheel
Description: The following pictures are in sequence and follow the path of a boat arriving from the Edinburgh side of the Falkirk Wheel. This first view shows the canal approaching the tunnel from the north side of the Edinburgh/Glasgow railway line. The Wheel is just visible beyond the tunnel.
Date: September 2002
Falkirk Wheel
Title: Falkirk Wheel
Description: Inside the tunnel. Yes, it's dark with a sheer drop at the other end!
Date: September 2002
Falkirk Wheel
Title: Falkirk Wheel
Description: Outside the tunnel is the upper basin where boats can await their turn on the Wheel. There are stunning views from here over central Scotland.
Date: September 2002
Falkirk Wheel
Title: Falkirk Wheel
Description: On the Wheel and going down. On exit, boats enter the lower basin before entering a lock and continuing their journey west.
Date: September 2002
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