George Bennie invented the “Railplane” in 1930. It was faster, smoother and quieter than traditional rail. Neither did it have a shrieking whistle or belch smoke.

As icing on the cake Bennie insured his invention provided passengers the height of opulence: thick carpet, table lamps and curtained windows.  

As it turned out, the railroads had too far of a head start (a century) on Bennie and investors weren’t willing to finance the risky venture. At least somebody snapped these cool photos to commemorate the effort.