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Birmingham Airport's old Maglev carriage to be sold

An example of one of the world's first magnetic levitation transport systems is being auctioned off for charity.

Birmingham Airport used its Maglev carriages between 1984 and 1995.

The system was used to take passengers from the airport to the nearby railway station, a distance of 600 metres.

It was eventually replaced with a cable system. One of the original cars is to be sold over the internet to raise money for Acorns Hospice and the Help the Heroes charity.

Summer house

The car was assembled at the Metro-Cammell Washwood Heath factory and the technology went on to be used around the world.

The Birmingham Maglev travelled at 26mph (41.8km) but the technology has since been refined and developed such that Japanese examples now travel at speeds of more than 350mph.

Airport spokesman John Morris said: "The remaining car is a great reminder of the innovation that Birmingham and the Midlands stands for.

"Although it will never move under its own power again, it could make an excellent summer house or greenhouse."

Prospective buyers should search eBay for Maglev. Serious bidders will be provided with a date for a viewing opportunity.

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