Propeller-Driven Car Hangs from Monorail (Jun, 1933)

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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  1. Boing Boing says: April 30, 20075:38 am

    Propellor-driven monorail from 1933…

    The June, 1933 issue of Popular Science covered this gorgeous “propeller-driven cars” that “hang from a monorail.” This is what the future was supposed to be. An improved airline cab, capable of 155 miles an hour, is the latest invention of the Fre…

  2. susan says: June 15, 20085:03 am

    I cant find the old black and white picture of the midnight special monorail that I had saved
    It was the one that ran till the 1930s or 1950s in chicago . It was in an archive of very unusual old model concept cars and there was also an example of an amphibius vehicle. please let me know if you know what website might have it .it doesnt seem to be under classic monorails or trains.

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