An in­side view of An­der­ton

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THIS un­usual view in­side the An­der­ton Boat Lift shows wa­ter be­ing drained from the twin ap­proach aque­ducts at the top of the lift as the 143-year-old won­der of the wa­ter­ways is pre­pared for a ‘win­ter check-up’.

Un­usu­ally, both cais­sons (the tanks which carry the boats) are seen at the lower level – they usu­ally bal­ance each other via hy­draulic pis­tons and cylin­ders, so one goes up as the other goes down. The drain­ing was nec­es­sary so that any silt and de­bris could be re­moved, prior to a full sur­vey by en­gi­neers in or­der to plan for fu­ture main­te­nance work on the Lift. CRT en­gi­neer Alex Par­son­sHulse de­scribed the lift, which raises and low­ers boats 50ft be­tween the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver, as “an im­por­tant struc­ture both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally”, be­ing the world’s old­est work­ing boat lift.

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