What an exciting afternoon.
Something we have been looking forward to for a long time.
Taking Tacet on the Anderton Lift.
Being lowered from the Trent and Mersey canal to the River Weaver 50 feet below.
Who minds paying their license fee when you get to use great feats of engineering such as this at no extra cost and no need to book ahead either. We just turned up and were able to go down on the next slot.
This amazing lift was built in 1875, originally the two water filled caissons counterbalanced each other being raised and lowered on huge hydraulic rams operated by a steam engine. In 1908 when major repairs were needed, it was modernised and electricity were replaced the steam. Edit: Further changes were made after a period of closure more recently and again the caissons are raised hydraulically. The visitor centre is very popular and with free entrance gives everyone a good chance to see close up this Victorian structure still working today.