Bennie contracted consultant engineer Hugh Fraser to help with the technical side and eventually built a working full size test model which made it's debut on the 8th July 1930. The prototype glided along a 120 metre track to give potential investors a feel for the project.
Although it looked like a monorail, the high level train was supported and guided by both above and below rails and driven by propellers. Still, to the eyes of a 1930's travel enthusiast it must have resembled a cartoon spaceship. Although similar projects have existed in other countries this was the first such advance in Scotland.
To woo his much needed financial backers, Bennie decked out the white cigar shaped carriages with the opulent furnishings, thick curtains and beautifully appointed lamps, tables and chairs. It's first journey was a success. According to a quote from the time: "The Railplane operated with perfect smoothness and passengers only knew the car was moving by gazing out of the window at the passing landscape. There was no bumping over rails, smoke or whistle shrieking. A ride in the coach is sheer delight."
With metal's value at a premium during the Second World War the prototype line was scrapped for the war effort. Bennie passed away in 1954 in relative obscurity.
Despite being a modern clean and safe way to travel it's possible we just weren't quite ready the Railplane in 1930s Great Britain. Had the project taken off we may have seen them all over the country as there was talk of developing lines to and from Blackpool and Southport.
To learn more about Glasgow's transport history you can visit the Riverside Museum. It's open 7 days a week and is free to enter.