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DRB Pic of the Day: Propeller-driven "The Bennie Railplane"

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Still hanging there in the 1950s, rusted and abandoned…

We wrote about the Bennie Monorail System in Glasgow, Scotland before, see our One Track Wonders: Early Monorails article. But since then, better pictures have been discovered and more information has come to light, so we have to share these beautiful images with our readers:


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Propeller-driven “The Bennie Railplane” – “The short test track was built over a railroad line near Glasgow, Scotland. Two electrically-powered propellers delivered 240 horsepower in a short burst for acceleration to the cruise speed of 160 kph. There were plans for a high-speed link between London and Paris, with a seaplane to carry passengers across the English Channel, but the grave economic difficulties of the 1930’s doomed the Railplane from the start.” (source)




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See the pictures and descriptions of the Bennie monorail structure in the 1950s (in the abandoned condition) on this site:



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And here is the train in the full “sepia” glory of high-quality retro photography! (click to enlarge) -


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CONTINUE TO “WONDERS OF EARLY MONORAILS!” ->

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