back button Foxton Locks and the Inclined Plane  
 
The Foxton Locks staircase - 10 locks in all - drops the canal 75 feet down a hill. Also at this site is the Inclined Plane - which was used for a dozen years or so, but sadly closed in 1910. This engineering marvel raised and lowered boats in caissons up and down the hill in a fifth of the time it took to use the locks.


 
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  The view down the Foxton locks staircase from the top.   A side view, with the side-pounds for each lock clearly visible.  
 
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  View from the bottom.   A helmsman's eye view - staircase locks have extra-tall gates!  
 
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  The inclined plane - looking down to where the caissons docked at the base.   The top of the incline, where the 1-in-4 gradient eased.  
 
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  What the caissons would have looked like.   An old butty in position where it would have entered the caisson before descending.