The Falkirk Wheel Hydraulic Systems

The Challenge

The Falkirk Wheel is a major Scottish landmark that opened to traffic in 2002. This standout example of innovative and striking engineering transfers canal boats between the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, completing the link between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Historically, raising and lowering boats had been handled by an eleven lock gate system, so compressing this into a single structure would be no mean feat. 1800 tonnes of steelwork had to move quickly, precisely, and reliably while delivering an unforgettable spectacle for passengers.

The Solution

The Falkirk Wheel's hydraulic system was manufactured and installed by Denley Hydraulics to deliver precise and advanced levels of control and performance. Find out what this consists of at the Denley Website.


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