Bike Touring Highlight
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
Impressive technical building which is easy to observe in its function, if you bring some time. In the upper part of the canal behind the lock, it is easy to see how much the level of the water is lower than that of the adjoining landscape due to subsidence due to coal mining.
July 24, 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
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