The Bennie Railplane

Via Wikipedia:

The Bennie Railplane was a form of rail transport invented by George Bennie (1891–1957), which moved along an overhead rail by way of propellers. Bennie, born at Auldhouse, near Glasgow, Scotland began work on the development of his railplane in 1921. In 1929-1930 he built a prototype on a trial stretch of track over a 130-yard (119-metre) line at Milngavie, off the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway, with one railplane car to demonstrate the system to potential clients. The car ran along an overhead monorail, stabilised by guide rails below. It moved by propellers powered by on-board motors. It was intended to run above conventional railways, separating faster passenger traffic from slower freight traffic. Bennie believed his railplane cars had the capability of travelling up to 120 mph (193 km/h) and would offer a “fast passenger and mails and perishable goods service”. Slow and heavy goods freight and local passenger services would continue on the traditional rail service below. Each car could carry a maximum of 48 people; the prototype had seating for fewer.

In spite of interest from around the world, Bennie could not obtain the financial backing he required to develop his revolutionary transport system. The proposed line from Edinburgh to Glasgow was not built, nor was the one between Southport and Blackpool. By 1937, Bennie was bankrupt. He had financed most of the work himself.

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mag-lev audio creates the world’s first levitating turntable

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Via MagLev Audio:

The First Levitating Turntable visually enhances the experience of listening to vinyl records by levitating the platter. By joining our love for music with careful integration of technology and high-range audio components, we’ve created a turntable of the future for the medium of the past.

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Lego Announces Beatles Yellow Submarine Set

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Via Fortune:

Starting Nov. 1, you’ll be able to find John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and their famous yellow submarine in a Lego store near you.

Lego announced its set of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Wednesday—a set that comes with over 550 pieces to construct all four band members, the submarine, and more, according to Lego.

The project came to life after one fan pitched the idea to the company via Lego Ideas, the toy company’s ideas section. The 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine inspired the creation, according to the site.

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