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Krasnoyarsk ship lift


The Krasnoyarsk ship lift is the only one on the Yenisei River. This hydraulic structure created to overcome the difference in water levels above and below the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam & power station. The lift raises ships 104 meters. The ship lift is located at the juncture of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station to the left bank of the Yenisei River. Construction of the Krasnoyarsk ship lift started in 1963. It was necessary to restore navigation on the Yenisei River, terminated with the construction of in-stream dam of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station. Officially, the boat lift was put into operation in 1982.

the lift is in fact an electric rack railway. The track gauge is 9,000 mm (29 ft 6 5⁄16 in). At the time of its construction, this feat of modern engineering allowed for ships to be physically re-moved in only 90 minutes. Held to be a landmark symbol of Krasnoyarsk, the dam was depicted on the 10-ruble bill.

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