Calling all engineering enthusiasts! Or those interested in big machines and cool uses!
Some of you may have seen this massive construction on the TV show called abandoned engineering or Rick Stein’s French Odyssey.
Outside of Montech you can find the “Water slope”
It was built in 1979 to replace a chain of 5 locks to make this section of the waterway much quicker to navigate.
Moving at 4.5km an hour (driven by two diesel electric locomotive engines each with 1,000 horsepower) it moves 1,500m (cubed) of water along a 125 meter channel vertically 13.5 meters. Pushing a wedge of water (containing a boat) to the top (or bottom).
Apparently it takes 6 minutes to complete the journey and can hold boats up to 250 tonnes!
Sadly it been out of service since 2009 due to a massive engine failure that saw the locomotives slide backwards down the slope!
Very cool and worth a stop to see!