The Union Canal
Until September 2001 this area has been cordoned off as a building site. Previous pictures taken on the 5th April 2001 were taken looking through the barriers, which have now been removed. Although mainly material from September, this page has been updated with some November & December material.
This is the area that used to be cordoned off. The old Port Maxwell on the left, the new canal and aqueduct on the right. (James Gentles)
From this point you can now walk all the way to the new tunnel north of the Falkirk Wheel. (James Gentles)
On the new towpath looking back to the old "end" of the canal at Port Maxwell. In the distance is the new Aqueduct seen in the previous picture.
And looking the other direction towards the new locks.
looking back (east) again, this time from a new minor bridge about half way along the 1.5Km extension.
…and looking west towards the lock and tunnel.
This bill-board has been placed to be viewed from the main railway line, with a striking headline! You can see the "office" for the new double-lock in the distance to the right of the bill board.
Not far away this sign has also been placed for the benefit of rail travelers (10th November 2001, James Gentles).
Two Hamishes? (10th November 2001, James Gentles)
The top of the new double lock at the end of the canal extension. Note the water overflow on the right. By November the lock gates had their booms, and this area was complete.
The top gates. Note the water inlets at the bottom of the lock.
From the same location, looking down through the middle gates to the bottom compartment.
From the bridge across the middle gates, west to the bottom gates and the basin.
From the bridge across the middle gates, east to the middle and top gates.
The double lock from the lower basin.
From the same viewpoint as the previous picture, but looking north rather than east, to the tunnel entrance under the main railway line.
Looking into the tunnel from the south. The initial reinforced beams carry the railway line, then the semi-circular tunnel roof starts. With the canal not watered the full size of the tunnel can be seen. The hoops on the aqueduct are visible at the end of the tunnel (if it wasn't over-exposed), they all appear to be roughly the same radius making a superb lead-in from tunnel to aqueduct to wheel.
By the 1st December, although access to the Wheel site was still "discouraged" the large protective fence had been removed, so for the first time you could clearly see the north portal of the tunnel (James Gentles)
Just outside the portal was this nice seating feature by the Dry Stone Walling Association. (James Gentles)
The view from above the portal now shows the wheel in it's complete form, 1st December 2001. The Dry Stone Wall feature is just in shot on the right hand side. (James Gentles)
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Photographs: Pete McCulloch, Richard McCulloch and James Gentles.