Topic: Bennie's railplane

From the blog:

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Mr George Bennie (1891-1957), engineer and inventor, first announced his plans for a revolutionary new form of transportation in 1921. He had a test line for his railplane system built during the next nine years over a quarter mile of railway sidings at Milngavie near Glasgow, known as the Bennie Railplane and depicted in this 1930 photograph by Mr J. A. Hampton.

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A snifter to the first person who knows how to pronounce 'Milngavie'.

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Probably something like... Mvielununggaftsjee.

It's sort of like the sound of a panda bear snoring.

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Or a cat sneezing.

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Ottens wrote:

Probably something like... Mvielununggaftsjee.

It's sort of like the sound of a panda bear snoring.

Close.  'Mullguy' is probably the best way of spelling the sound. 

Glaswegians like to screw around with the sound of names.  'Sauciehall Street' is the main street in the city centre - pronounced 'Sokky Hall'...

the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be

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The REAL flying Scotsman: The 120mph propeller-driven 'Railplane' that ferried commuters to work in 1930s Glasgow (shame the idea never took off)

It was meant to highlight the best of British invention, to revolutionise modern travel, like the railways had done a century earlier.
These photographs show the test track built on a wave of optimism in Glasgow in 1930, when inventor George Bennie believed the Railplane - best described as a cross between a monorail and plane - would provide glamorous, bump-free, smokeless travel at 120mph to the masses.
But sadly this journey only ended with one destination: The land of failed dreams and bankruptcy for the man who spent nearly 20 years of his life trying to make the Railplane a reality.

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Great pictures! big_smile

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That's brilliant, and easily constructed over existing lines.  Not sure about 'safe', though - if the railplane structure collapsed onto the existing railway line, it could be disastrous!

the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be