Propeller-powered railway built in Glasgow but badly the idea never took off
It was meant to highlight the best of British invention, to revolutionise modern travel, like the railways had done a century earlier.
These photographs show the test track built on a wave of optimism in Glasgow in 1930, when inventor George Bennie believed the Railplane – best described as a cross between a monorail and plane – would provide glamorous, bump-free, smokeless travel at 120mph to the masses.
But sadly this journey only ended with one destination: The land of failed dreams and bankruptcy for the man who spent nearly 20 years of his life trying to make the Railplane a reality.
Ready for the debut: The Railplane, pictured four days before it was unveiled to the public on a wave of optimism: The car, suspended from steel girders, was tested on a 120metre-line outside Glasgow – but it never got the investment needed
Up on the rails: The high speed self-propelled system would run along a track suspended from steel girders, above traditional rail lines and reach speeds of 120mph – but this was never tested on the 120metre-length
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