Fast Electric Air Trolleys Planned by French Inventor (May, 1930)

Fast Electric Air Trolleys Planned by French Inventor

A UNIQUE air-trolley propelled over a monorail by an electric motor at a speed of 150 m.p.h, has been designed by Joseph Archer, a French engineer, who expects to demonstrate his unique invention in Paris shortly. The drawing above illustrates the essential features of Archer’s design. The car is streamlined and when in motion most of its weight is supported by fin-like wings projecting from its sides. By reversing the propeller passengers can bring the car to a stop within 100 yards.

6 comments
  1. Stephen says: June 9, 20115:53 am

    That picture is the very essence of the 1930s future. I can imagine Flash Gordon riding one of those on the Planet Mongo.

  2. Hirudinea says: June 9, 201111:41 am

    Cool I want these instead of streetcars!

  3. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 9, 201111:53 am

    The illustrator obviously knew nothing about monorails, suspended cars, or electric trolley systems…

  4. GaryM says: June 9, 20115:52 pm

    Just how does the car clear each pylon?

  5. Michael, N5RLR says: June 11, 20114:51 pm

    @Andrew: Or aerodynamics. Those fins would be very poor substitutes for wings.

  6. jayessell says: June 12, 20115:02 am

    Why isn’t there an illustration of the Eiffel Tower in that city of the future?

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