Bennie Railplane

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The George Bennie Railplane System of Transport poster, 1929.png

The Bennie Railplane was a form of rail transport invented by George Bennie (1891–1957), which moved along an overhead rail by way of propellers. Despite superficial appearances, it was not a monorail, as it used both an overhead running rail and a guide rail below. It was intended to run above conventional railways, separating faster passenger traffic from slower freight traffic. A prototype ran over a 130-yard (120 m) line at Milngavie near Glasgow, Scotland in the 1930s, but Bennie was never able to secure funding for further development and went bankrupt in 1937. The line was demolished for scrap in the 1950s. The original shed where the carriage was built is still standing. It's situated on Main Street, Milngavie and is now a branch of Kelvin Timber. There is a blue plaque commemorating the Railplane on the wall outside.

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