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Dalmuir Drop Lock was created when the canal was restored so boats could pass under Dumbarton Road without an opening bridge which would delay traffic on this very busy road.
Our crew member is allowed to push the buttons on the control panel under the supervision of one of the waterways staff.
Outward pointing lock gates at each end allow the water level between the gates to be lowered for boats to pass under the road.
After passing under the road the lock is refilled as the boat rises back to the same level is started at. A boom outside the gates at each end provides extra protection against an errant boat striking the gates and causing water to rush in while a boat is passing under the road.