September 1, 2011

0 Falkirk Wheel

 The Falkirk Wheel is considered an engineering masterpiece, although it was created out of a desire to reinstate interest in the canals.  It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, which were formerly connected by a series of eleven locks, dismantled in 1933. 

It has a sort of mechanical beauty, I think.

You can barely see the boats in each tray.

There is also a small waterworks park, showing various types of hydro-engineering throughout history.  The park is interactive- for example, the bicycle on the left powers a water geyser further up the slope.

I ran the Archimedes Screw, a device that carries water upwards with screw threads.  Windsor Castle was recently modified to use two 40 tonne screws for waterpower.  It was harder to get moving than I expected!

Paul ran this water geyser by tilting the pump.  He got the water to shoot fairly high!

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