The Canal du Midi, the Bourgogne Canal, the Fonserannes and Rogny lock ladders, the Arzviller inclined plane, the Briare and Guetin canal bridges are all familiar names. However, more important, they are remarkable structures from many points of view.We shall present them in this section to illustrate exceptional structures on canals.
The slideshow which displays the original plans for the Burgundy Canal, allows us to appreciate how the plans made by our forebears were not only technical documents but also genuine works of art.
The Chalifert tunnel and lock are curiosities within reach of anyone living in the Paris region, but how many of them known them?
Most of the information and technical documents contained in this section have been generously provided by the French Waterways Authority (Voies Navigable de France (VNF)) and the Ministry of Infrastructure. We would like to thank both of them for their assistance.
Discover some exceptional structures on the French canal system.
The process of unifying the country by building a network of canals linking its various parts resulted in the creation of a large number of very spectacular hydraulic engineering structures, for example canal bridges, or lock ladders. In the second half of the 19th century, canals covered all the country, serving the purposes of the industrial revolution.