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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 50 km of Brussels and 60 km of Tournai in Belgium. 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...

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...

    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...

    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: Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies was built in 1888. Lift 1 at Houdeng-Goegnies is the oldest of the four...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: 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.

    Embark at Houdeng-Goegnies and enjoy a pleasure boat trip on the Canal du Centre.

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx

    (Hainaut) were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.

  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. Edwin Clark also designed boat lifts and bridges in other countries in Europe.

    His major achievement was the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich in Cheshire, England.

  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...

    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: The hydraulic boat lift 2 at Houdeng-Aimeries. Since 2002 operation of the lifts has been limited...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: 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 located about 50 km south of Brussels in Belgium.

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre became 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 Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx

    (Hainaut): The engine house at 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 3 at Strépy-Bracquegnies was built thirteen years after the first boat lift at...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 3 at 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.

  9. 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...

    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.

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

    Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: Lift 3 at 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 at boat ift 3 at...

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The engine room of boat lift 2 and 3.

    The engine house at boat ift 3 at Strépy-Bracquegnies powers the boat lifts 2 and 3.

    The engine room houses ingenious mechanisms which power the boat lifts using no

    other energy than water. It is possible to visit the engine room.

  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...

    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 La Louvière, it is one of

    the four Walloon mining sites listed by UNESCO as an World Heritage.

  13. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The historic boat lift 4 at Thieu, the only hydraulic  boat lifts in the world which still exist...

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

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre: The historic boat lift 4 at Thieu.

    The modern Strépy-Thieu boat lift, one of the largest modern boat lifts in the world, is

    located 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...

    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.