Bike Touring Highlight
Impressive technical structure, which can be easily observed in its function if you have some time. In the upper reaches of the canal behind the lock you can see how much the water level is higher than the surrounding landscape due to subsidence due to coal extraction.
July 24, 2017
The lock Herne-Ost belongs - from the Rhine - to the last of the five canal stages of the Rhine-Herne Canal in Herne. The twin lock is at canal kilometer 37.26. Herne-Ost was put into operation in 1914 as the easternmost of the original seven canal stages of the Rhine-Herne Canal.
The Herne-Ost lock system was renewed between 1986 and 1992. The new lock chambers are each 190 meters long and 12 meters wide. The jamb depth (water depth at the upper gate) is 4 meters. A rotating segment gate forms the end to the upper water. Stem gates close the chambers to the underwater. The difference between the upper and lower water is 12.8 meters. Locking takes about 14 minutes, not counting the entry and exit times of the ships. The canal locks are technically interesting and worth seeing structures, as is the Herne-Ost lock. The paths at the lock are all easily navigable, so that the lock can be planned as an intermediate destination for both mountain bike and trekking bike tours.
The lock process can be observed from several places below the steering position. The entry and exit in the upper water can be seen from the service roads directly in front of the lock. The entry and exit in the underwater can be seen very well from the bridge directly in front of the lower stem gate. From here you can get through a gate a few meters into the lock system below the control stand, from where you have a reasonably good view of the lock chambers.
If you are interested in the more precise technical data, you can read it at the Duisburg-Meiderich waterways and shipping office here: goo.gl/43irz1
July 25, 2017
The Herne-Ost lock belongs - from the Rhine - to the last of the five canal stages of the Rhine-Herne Canal in Herne. The new lock chambers are each 190 meters long and 12 meters wide. The difference between upper and lower water is 12.8 meters. Locking takes about 14 minutes, not counting the entry and exit times of the ships.
May 10, 2020
The lock offers a good opportunity to change to the bike path on the opposite bank of the canal. East of the lock is the "Herner Meer" with the marinas Castrop and Herne. In addition, there is the sculpture "reemrenreh (hardly singing)", which was created as part of Emscherkunst.
June 18, 2019
The twin locks in the Rhine-Herne Canal (built from 1986 to 1992 to the current state) overcome a lift of almost 13! Meter. The chambers are each 120 meters long and 12 meters wide. To reduce water loss from the smuggling process, the chambers are interconnected and can thus exchange water, halving the water loss to the underwater. A technical building worth seeing simply because of the high lift.
January 15, 2022
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