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The Ronquières Inclined Plane, Belgium

February 12th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Ronquières Inclined Plane is a Belgian canal inclined plane on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal in the province of Hainaut in Wallonia built in 1968.

The Ronquières Inclined Plane has a length of 1,432 m and lifts boats through 68 m vertically. It consists of two large caissons mounted on rails. Each caisson measures 91m long by 12 m wide and has a water depth between 3 and 3.70 m. It can carry one boat of 1,350 tonnes or many smaller boats within the same limits.

Each caisson is pulled by 8 cables wound by a winch with a 5,200 tonne capacity. This permits each caisson to be moved independently of the other.

Each caisson can be moved between the two canal levels at a speed of 1.2 m/s taking about 45 minutes in total.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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