These photographs were taken just before the heavy lifting of the wheel components started on the 17th August.
The 230ft crane was built by smaller cranes, ready for the lifting exercise.
A good clear shot of the concrete works of the wheel and the lock and lock gates from the Forth & Clyde to the Wheel Basin.
In the forground is the small building, near the Forth & Clyde Canal, that was last to be built on site.
A side on view of the axle (between the Visitor Centre and the aqueduct), complete with the "bearing" in situ.
The Visitors Center, with it's "planking" exterior, partially obscures the Aqueduct and crane.
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