Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Seemed like a good idea at the time...

Popular Science, June 1933 reported:

Propeller-Driven Car Hangs from Monorail

An improved airline cab, capable of 155 miles an hour, is the latest invention of the French engineer who developed the trench mortar used during the World War. Suspended on monorails, the cabs resemble airplane fuselages.

A small propeller at the front of the cab is driven by a fifteen-horsepower electric motor. The monorail, which guides the car, also furnishes the electric power for the motor. The inventor has been working on air cabs for over eleven years and has constructed many designs as well as complete air rail systems, many of which underwent severe test successfully but were found too expensive for practical use.

In the photograph, two of his airline cabs are shown suspended from the monorail along which they are expected to run at high speed.

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