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Thread: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

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    It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    http://www.leenks.com/gallery463.htm

    I'm not sure where this is, but I would guess somewhere in the former Soviet Union.

    You have to admire the engineering, but at the same time you have to ask yourself ... why??

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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    Not enough water or land to build a regular train of locks?

    Google boat lift funicular for more.


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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    I'm guessing that there was some good reason, not readily visible to us.

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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    I'm guessing that there was some good reason, not readily visible to us.
    I would say it is a quicker method than a series of locks.

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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    Well, it looked like the total lift required was pretty big, so this might be the best solution. Surely even the mad Russians would use the easiest solution, especially one that had been tried before, at least!

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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    Well, it looked like the total lift required was pretty big, so this might be the best solution. Surely even the mad Russians would use the easiest solution, especially one that had been tried before, at least!
    They obviously didn't want to flow water from the back side of that dam--

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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I'm not sure where this is, but I would guess somewhere in the former Soviet Union.
    It's sorta like a floating drydock.

    The Norweigian's have a really large one. So large that the USS Cole was transported for repairs!

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    Re: It's a lock, no it's a barge, no it's a train .. no, it's all of the above!

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    http://www.leenks.com/gallery463.htm

    I'm not sure where this is, but I would guess somewhere in the former Soviet Union.

    You have to admire the engineering, but at the same time you have to ask yourself ... why??
    It's the ship lift at the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam in Russia. The dam is pictured on the 10 rouble bill, I understand. Until completion of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse in China, it is the largest ship lift in the world, with a 1,500 metric tonne capacity (the Three Gorges lift will double that!). Technically, it is a "canal inclined plane", as ship lifts usually lift a section of canal locks vertically or rotationally. It is also different in that it doesn't leave the canal traffic afloat in a lock, but instead lifts it dry.

    It probably was considered more economically feasible than actually constructing a canal and locks for the same 108 metre lift.

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