The Falkirk Wheel (boat lift) Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies | Drone 1 day ago   06:53

Barry Ferguson
The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift in the world. An amazing piece of engineering which links the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal.
Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these had been dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.

The boat here is lifted from the canal basin beside the Forth and Clyde canal up to the aqueduct, before going through the 160m/1095ft Rough Castle tunnel to the Union Canal.
Wheel rotate sequence speeded up by x2 as lift takes 5 minutes!
The Falkirk Wheel was opened by the Queen in May 2002, and is now one of Scotlands most popular tourist attractions.

The wheel has an overall diameter of 35 metres (115 ft) and consists of two opposing arms which extend 15 metres beyond the central axle and take the shape of a Celtic-inspired, double-headed axe. Two sets of these axe-shaped arms are attached about 25 metres (82 ft) apart to a 3.5 metres (11 ft) diameter axle. Two diametrically opposed water-filled caissons, each with a capacity of 80,000 gallons, are fitted between the ends of the arms.
These caissons (also known as gondolas) always weigh the same whether or not they are carrying their combined capacity of 600 tonnes of floating canal barges as, according to Archimedes' principle, floating objects displace their own weight in water, so when the boat enters, the amount of water leaving the caisson weighs exactly the same as the boat. This keeps the wheel balanced and so, despite its enormous mass, it rotates through 180° in five and a half minutes while using very little power. It takes just 22.5 kilowatts (30.2 hp) to power the electric motors, which consume just 1.5 kilowatt-hours (5.4 MJ) of energy in four minutes, roughly the same as boiling eight kettles of water.

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Agni NagaSeshu
Some good innovation in Science and Techonology
Paul Fox
Brilliant engineering. Fantastic experience to ride on this.
John Ferguson
An amazing piece of engineering and I now know what the Archimedes' principle is.
Read the comments if you haven't yet. The two sides weigh the exact same, whether or not there is a boat in it. Unbelievable, dude.
Rudy Hoffman
2 minutes watching a crappy ad about stuff i dont need or want.............delete.
khuyen ha
i wonder why they have to build a giant structure like that instead of a road near that river
fredy gump
The Victorians would be sooo jealous!
Adrian from Falkirk UK
Fantastic video,F.Wheel is only 10min from my home,see my Kelpies Horses new videos👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Reactionary Alchemist
There is no point to this and it's a blight on our landscape. 0/10, would bulldoze.
Jose Othoniel Castañeda Saldaña
en que pais esta esa innovadora maravilla de ingenieria
smell your maw
Falkirk is a shot hole
Alec Benjamin Fan
I live in Falkirk and tbh I hate that stupid thing
And here I was thinking that the monorail lift in Fallout 76 was just a thing of imagination.
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Holy shit I didn't even know that this existed. Amazing.
Nice video of this Falkirk Wheel! :-)
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Диман Диманов
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A short film of Falkirk's most famous landmarks.

Music by Callum Provan.