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The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre

The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): On a short stretch of the Canal du Centre the water level rises 66.2 meters. To overcome  this difference 8 hydraulic boat lifts on the Canal du Centre were built in the period 1888-1917. Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies is the oldest of the four lifts on the Canal du Centre and was built in 1888. Of the 8 boat lifts, the remaing Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre are the only ones in the world which still exist in working condition. The Lifts on the Canal du Centre were designed by the English civil engineer Edwin Clark, he also designed boat lifts and bridges in other countries in Europe. Since 2002 the operation of the lifts has been limited to recreational use. It is possible to visit an engine room of one of the Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and to make a boat trip on the Canal du Centre. The Four Boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre are located about 50 km of Brussels and 60 km of Tournai in Belgium. The boat lifts were designed by the English civil engineer Edwin Clark, he designed boat lifts and bridges in other countries in Europe. His major achievement was the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich in Cheshire, England. He also designed the first bridge across the river IJssel at Westervoort in the Netherlands, now replaced by a modern bridge. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut) became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.

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The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Boat lift 3 on the Canal du Centre. The four boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre were built between...

The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Boat lift 3 on the Canal du Centre. The four boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre were built between 1888-1917. The four boat lifts on the Canal du Centre are the only hydraulic boat lifts in the world which still exist in working condition. The Four Boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut) became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.

  1. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Boat lift 3 on the Canal du Centre. The four boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre were built between...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Boat lift 3 on the Canal du Centre. The four boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre were built between 1888-1917. The four boat lifts on the Canal du Centre are the only hydraulic boat lifts in the world which still exist in working condition. The Four Boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut) became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.

  2. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies. On a short stretch of the Canal du Centre the water level rises 66.2 meters. To...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies. On a short stretch of the Canal du Centre the water level rises 66.2 meters. To overcome this difference 8 hydraulic boat lifts on the Canal du Centre were built in 1888-1917. Today, only four boat lifts on the Canal du Centre remain. The remaing Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre are the only ones in the world which still exist in working condition.

  3. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre -  The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies was built...

     The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies was built in 1888. Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies is the oldest of the four lifts on the Canal du Centre. It is possible to embark at Houdeng-Goegnies and enjoy a pleasure boat trip on the Canal du Centre.

  4. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies. The boat lifts were designed by the English civil engineer Edwin Clark....

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies. The boat lifts were designed by the English civil engineer Edwin Clark. He was specialised in hydraulics. Clark also designed boat lifts and bridges in other countries in Europe. His major achievement was the Anderton Boat Lift close to Northwich in Cheshire, England. He also designed the first bridge across the river IJssel at the village Westervoort in the Netherlands, now replaced by a modern bridge.

  5. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies is the oldest of...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies is the oldest of the four lifts on the Canal du Centre. The Canal du Centre, with the Charleroi - Brussels Canal and the Bergen - Condé Canal, connects the Meuse and Scheldt rivers, the main waterways in Belgium.

  6. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre in Belgium: The hydraulic boat lift 2 at Houdeng-Aimeries. Since 2002 operation of the lifts has...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre in Belgium: The hydraulic boat lift 2 at Houdeng-Aimeries. Since 2002 operation of the lifts has been limited to recreational use. The Four Boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre are situated about 50 km south of Brussels in Belgium. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.

  7. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): The engine house at the village of...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): The engine house at the village of Strépy-Bracquegnies. The Canal du Centre was connected to the industrial centres of the region, such as the major mining sites of Wallonia in Belgium. The Canal du Centre was used to transport the raw materials to the harbour of Antwerp.

  8. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 2 at Houdeng-Aimeries. The boat lifts are double, consisting of two mobile caissons, each supported in...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 2 at Houdeng-Aimeries. The boat lifts are double, consisting of two mobile caissons, each supported in the centre by an iron column. The two columns are hydraulically linked in such a way that one caisson rises and the other descends. The weight of one caisson is counterbalancing the other one. Each caisson can hold a boat.

  9. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 3 at the small village of Strépy-Bracquegnies was built thirteen years after the first...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 3 at the small village of Strépy-Bracquegnies was built thirteen years after the first boat lift at Houdeng-Goegnies. The four boat lifts are situated along a seven kilometres stretch of the Canal du Centre, a paved towpath runs along one side of the canal, the path offers amazing views of the four boat lifts.

  10. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 3 at village of Strépy-Bracquegnies. In the 1960s, the Canal du Centre was modernised. The...

    Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 3 at village of Strépy-Bracquegnies. In the 1960s, the Canal du Centre was modernised. The plan of the  govornment was to demolish the boat lifts. Local people fought to maintain the four boat lifts on the Canal du Centre and won the long battle. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre are classified as Wallonia's Major Heritage and gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.

  11. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The engine room of boat lift 2 and 3. The engine house is situated near boat lift 3 at the...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The engine room of boat lift 2 and 3. The engine house is situated near boat lift 3 at the village of Strépy-Bracquegnies in the Belgian province of Hainaut, the engine room powers the boat lifts 2 and 3. The engine room houses ingenious mechanisms which power the boat lifts using no other energy than water. The engine room is not always open to visitors.

  12. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): Lift 3 on the Canal du Centre and the engine...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut): Lift 3 on the Canal du Centre and the engine house at Strépy-Bracquegnies. The Bois-du-Luc was a coal mine in Houdeng-Aimeries, nearby the town of La Louvière, it is one of the four Walloon mining sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. The former coal mine Bois-du-Luc is now a museum.

  13. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre in Belgium: The historic boat lift 4 at the village of Thieu. The only hydraulic boat lifts in the...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre in Belgium: The historic boat lift 4 at the village of Thieu. The only hydraulic boat lifts in the world which still exist in working condition are the Four Boat Lifts on the Canal du Centre. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut) were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.

  14. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The historic boat lift 4 at Thieu. The modern boat lift at the village of Strépy-Thieu, one of...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The historic boat lift 4 at Thieu. The modern boat lift at the village of Strépy-Thieu, one of the largest modern boat lifts in the world, is situated nearby the historic boat lift at Thieu. The modern lift was built to replace the four historic boat lifts, the construction of the modern boat lift lasted several years, it started operation in 2002.

  15. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The historic boat lift 4 at Thieu. Today, the modern boat lift of Strépy-Thieu lies on a branch of...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The historic boat lift 4 at Thieu. Today, the modern boat lift of Strépy-Thieu lies on a branch of the Canal du Centre and replaces the four historic boat lifts. The construction of the modern boat lift of Strépy-Thieu started in 1982, it was completed in 2002.