The Bennie Railplane of Milngavie near Glasgow, Scotland

The things you find when browsing the interweb on a Sunday morning. Via a post on vowe dot net about the Google Arts & Culture app I found the Google Arts & Culture site, where in turn I came across this picture of a Railplane trial line near Glasgow. I was intrigued.

A quick search helped me to find out this was the Bennie Railplane. It of course reminds a bit of the famous Wuppertal Schwebebahn. While sadly it wasn’t a success and almost nothing physical remains of it today there are at least three videos of it in action, first from the National Library of Scotland:

Second a short video on British Pathé:

Third a longer documentary also on British Pathé:

A few links to further information:

Certainly a very interesting invention, must have looked very futuristic back in the 1930s. Well, it wasn’t meant to be.

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