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Dewi9
24th April 2019, 03:40 PM
Barton Aquaduct - ever heard fof it ? Neither had I until I found a 'geeky' website called The Register.

There is a saying 'There is nothing new under the sun', which basically says that any new fangled invention today is either a direct copy or rehash of something done years ago.

One marvel of the modern age is the Falkirk Wheel. A massive structure which lifts barges from one level to another using two huge bathtubs which are able to carry barges in situ between two differing levels. Fair enough.

So, consider a slightly different problem - that of carrying a canal over a river but also be able to move the canal out of the way of large ships passing up/down the river. In the 19th Century ... See this -

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/28/geeks_guide_barton_aqueduct/

The victorian engineers had to devise something (a big trough) which could carry a length of the canal over the river (the Manchester Ship Canal) which could be moved. The whole caboodle weighs around 1500 TONS.

Read the article, I found it amazing.

David

Otto
24th April 2019, 04:55 PM
It is a unique structure, yes. I have crossed it on a few occasions when boating in the area. I've also done the nearby Anderton Lift and the Falkirk Wheel, both of which are experiences not to be missed if you've the slightest interest in waterways and/or engineering.

DerekW
24th April 2019, 10:02 PM
For more places of interest see this thrread
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=50265

Dewi9
25th April 2019, 08:14 AM
Thanks DerekW, I must have missed your post. Makes this one a duplicate !

Perhaps I should have said 'There is nothing new on this Forum'.

David

DerekW
25th April 2019, 08:53 AM
no it is an afirmation of the contribution of El Reg to the spread of knowledge