The Arzviller inclined plane

Published on 29 February 2008
Left : The Zorn vallet near the inclined plane. Right: The Arzviller inclined plane
Left : The Zorn vallet near the inclined plane. Right: The Arzviller inclined plane
(Photo : VNF)

The Arzviller inclined plane is a very unusual structure in the Moselle on the Canal that connects the Marne to the Rhine.
The Arzviller inclined plane is a very unusual structure in the Moselle Département on the canal that connects the Marne to the Rhine:

The Arzviller inclined plane seen from below
The Arzviller inclined plane seen from below
(Photo : Georges Reverdy)
  • It was designed in 1969 to replace the 17 locks which climbed for 4 kilometres through the river Teigelbach valley.
  • It is the only one of its type in Europe. Downstream, the canal leads directly into the tank, which is a type of lift filled with water that is closed by moving doors.
  • The boat is loaded into, then pulled up to the upstream canal, a height of 44.55 metres.
  • Boats are raised or lowered in 20 minutes. The resulting time saving is between is between 6 and 8 hours.

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