'Interior of Control Motor Room, Railplane Car', c 1930.
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Detail of the control motor room of George Bennie's railplane. Between 1929-1930, Scottish engineer Bennie (1892-1957) built a monorail 'railplane' test track at Burnbrae, Milngavie, West Dunbartonshire, above an existing London & North Eastern Railway station. His idea was to have pasengers travel by railplane and freight traffic to continue using the land rails, in an effort to speed up pasenger services on the railways. Officially launched on 8 July 1930, the railplane was powered by large propellers at each end, making it capable of a top speed of 120mph. However, due to his inability to find further financial backing, Bennie's revolutionary monorail system progresed no further than the test track at Milngavie, and he was declared bankrupt in 1937.