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Photoblog: Anderton Boat Lift

Posted by indigodream on 5 September, 2009

The complete boat lift

The complete boat lift

The approach. Top tip - aim for the OPEN caisson!

The approach. Top tip - aim for the OPEN caisson!

There's plenty of headroom....

There's plenty of headroom....

The space beneath the caisson is dry...

The space beneath the caisson is dry...

Amazing - just one hydraulic 'beam' can lift a whole caisson and its contents

Amazing - just one hydraulic 'beam' can lift a whole caisson and its contents

First they lower the caisson gate....

First they lower the caisson gate....

Then they pump out the water between the caisson gate and the river gate...

Then they pump out the water between the caisson gate and the river gate...

Once the water's been pumped out then great locking 'wedges' are lowered into place and the caisson's ready to move

Once the water's been pumped out then great locking 'wedges' are lowered into place and the caisson's ready to move

On our way - that's the canal gate up ahead

On our way - that's the canal gate up ahead

Almost halfway - that's the opposite caisson coming down on the right

Almost halfway - that's the opposite caisson coming down on the right

Awesome views from almost 50 feet up....

Awesome views from almost 50 feet up....

It's a long way down...

It's a long way down...

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Here we are at the top - the opposite gate looks very precarious from here!

Here we are at the top - the opposite gate looks very precarious from here!

View from the aqueduct

View from the aqueduct

Closing the gates behind us....

Closing the gates behind us....

And opening the canal gate in front of us....

And opening the canal gate in front of us....

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