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George Bennie Railplane (clip 1)

Experimental public transport system from the 1930s

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Film of the construction and testing of George Bennie's experimental Railplane public transport system at it's test track in Milngavie. The monorail design was heavily influenced by the aircraft industry with the Railplane being built by Beardmore Engineering Co at Inchinnan who had previously built airships. The line was officially launched in 1930 and this film records the construction, launch ceremony and the first people to travel on the Railplane. This clip shows inter-title cards explaining the Bennie Railplane System and a model of Stephenson's Rocket and a locomotive.

Questions & Activities


  • What do you think the railplane will look like?
  • What do you think might power the railplane?
  • There is a lot of text or inter-title cards in this clip? Why do you think this is?


Expressive Arts / Science and Technology: Draw or design what you think George Bennie's railway in the air would look like?

English / Drama / Expressive Arts: Produce a voice-over, to replace the inter-titles using received pronunciation or other way of speaking.

History / Modern Studies / Geography: Research the other forms of transport available in 1930.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-229-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1341
Date 1930
Genre Documentary, Technical
School Subject Science, Technologies, History, Expressive Arts, English, Drama, Modern Studies, Geography
Where Milngavie, Glasgow
Clip Length 1:25
Film Length 20:00