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Plan Incline de Ronquieres, Braine-Le-Comte

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The Ronquières Inclined Plane is a Belgian canal inclined plane on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal in the province of Hainaut in Wallonia that opened in April 1968 after a six-year construction period. It is located in the municipality of Braine-le-Comte, and takes its name from the nearby village of Ronquières.The purpose of the construction was to reduce the delays imposed by the 14 locks (already reduced from 16 in the 19th century) which had hitherto been needed for the canal to follow the local topography.DescriptionThe Ronquières Inclined Plane has a length of 1432m and lifts boats through 67.73m vertically. It consists of two large caissons mounted on rails. Each caisson measures 91m long by 12m wide and has a water depth between 3and. It can carry one boat of 1,350 tonnes or many smaller boats within the same limits.Each caisson has a 5,200-tonne counterweight running in the trough below the rails, which permits the caisson to be moved independently of the other. Each caisson is pulled by 8 cables wound by winches located at the top end of the inclined plane. Each cable is 1480m long.Each caisson can be moved between the two canal levels at a speed of 1.2m/s, taking about 22 minutes.It takes 50 minutes in total to pass through the 1800m of the entire structure, including the raised canal bridge at the top end.In popular culture The film Brussels by Night (1983) takes place (in part) at the inclined plane of Ronquières.
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  • The incline of Ronquières uses two trays full of water of 91 meters long and 12 meters wide for a water depth ranging from 3 meters to the 3.70 meters and weighing approximately 5600 tons. These bins roll in the direction of their length on paths of concrete bearing on ' 1440 metres long. The slope is 68 meters. Thanks to this construction we do the economy of 18 locks, and we avoid the loss of a volume impressive water finally Mariners earn a day's work. It is an impressive work where hospitality is remarkable.
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  • Nice to spend a day with the family. Surprising technology. old canal to walk and a few places to grab a drink or an ice cream.
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  • An impressive piece of engineering. But old and not well maintained, as many things in Wallonia. Dirty parking.  more »
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  • Very nicely done! Great view, nice tour.
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  • A too little known site. Guided tour with audio-guides who were modern 30 years ago but told explanations in an extraordinary way with an impeccable and impressive staging. The panorama from the top of the tower is beautiful!
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  • Unique location and beautiful views and beautiful region for cycling and walking #toerisme #uniekeplek #architecture #historicplace #locatie
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  • Restore average for the price quickly overwhelmed and little pleasant waitresses. Nothing exceptional.
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