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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  • August 14, 2017
    A technical feat than this book. From the top of the "tower", a panorama at 360 ° which is worth only the visit, preferably the weather. A Museum of the skippers said, vividly, the lives of the sailors through the ages. It also is worth the visit.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Incredible to see in real life. And still in operation. I have with open mouth stand watching. What a building!
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  • July 18, 2017
    50 years ago here on a school trip. Bit Of Nostalgia. And to be honest, everything is still the same as when. 7.50 to access an outdated museum to visit and the Tower from which one an unforgettable sight. The beamers where the film is showing its streets with old, poorly adjusted and gives wicked pictures again ... There was more staff than spectators and personally I think there should be something done to clear the welcome ...
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  • September 25, 2016
    Very nicely done! Great view, nice tour.
  • April 11, 2017
    bit old fashioned...
  • December 10, 2016
    Super
  • February 3, 2017
    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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  • May 14, 2017
    Site at the beginning of decay... A little paint and maintenance of concrete surfaces won't really hurt...
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