Bennie Railplane

I haven’t had time to post anything recently as I’ve been working on Milngavie Book and Arts Festival, as Twitterer-in-Chief  (follow the Festival on Twitter) and Deputy Webmaster (ie, I mess things up and the true Webmaster, Anne Nelson of Intuitive Internet (isn’t that a great name?) sorts them out).

If you live in Central Scotland or are planning to visit this coming week (the Festival opens on 6 September), check out the programme to see the great events we’ve got lined up.

And if you can’t manage this year, think about a visit to Milngavie for our 2012 edition. Milngavie itself is an attractive village and there’s lots to do in the vicinity. Nearby we’ve got Mugdock Country Park, with lovely walks and a ruined castle, or sister-suburb Bearsden, with its Roman remains: the bath-house, and a stretch of the Roman road running right through the peaceful cemetery. Cue film title: A Roman Road Runs Through It.

The Bennie Railplane, a form of rail transport which moved along an overhead rail by way of propellers, will be featured in the Festival’s Community Art Project.

Invented by George Bennie (1891–1957), a prototype of this novel railplane ran over a 130-yard line in Milngavie in the 1930′s but Bennie was never able to secure funding for further development and went bankrupt in 1937. The line was demolished for scrap in the 1950′s.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the Festival here

By the way, the Festival Committee includes not one but two translators: me and Alison Hughes. Lucky committee… or not?

By Marian Dougan


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