Entries Tagged as ‘Monorail’

Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:15 pm

A Propeller-Driven Monorail

Our friends at Modern Mechanix have the goods on a 1933 report of a propeller-driven monorail — a French equivalent, perhaps, of the roughly contemporaneous Bennie Railplane. The plans called for a 15-horsepower engine and speeds of 155 miles per hour: try that on conventional rail! Via Boing Boing.

Monday, February 12, 2007 at 8:25 pm

The Bennie Railplane

Early monorails took many forms that look quite unlike today’s monorail designs. One that got a fair bit of contemporary attention was George Bennie’s Railplane, which may well have been the inspiration for these folks — it was a streamlined fuselage with propellers at either end. Developed during the 1920s, it ran on a quarter-mile […]

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!

This company dreams of inexpensive monorails — at a cost a fraction that of existing lines — with trainsets built from used Boeing airplane fuselages. Frankly I can’t see how this will work — the trainsets are not usually the most expensive part of a rapid-transit system — but, as far as I can tell, […]

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