BIRMINGHAM Airport is auctioning off a piece of history on eBay to raise money for charity.
Maglev (MAGnetic LEVitation) was the world’s first commercial automated Maglev people-mover system, and the airport is offering up one of the historic cars.
Money raising will go to Help for Heroes and Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The system ran from the Airport terminal to the nearby Birmingham International railway station between 1984–1995 – a distance of around 600 metres.
For many it was their first experience of flying – albeit at an altitude of just 15 millimetres, thanks to powerful magnetic forces which kept the cars off the ground.
John Morris, head of government and industry affairs at the airport, 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.
“We are asking for a donation that we can pass on to our staff’s nominated Charity – Acorns – as well as to Help for Heroes.”
Prospective purchasers should search eBay for ‘MAGLEV’, or go to birminghamairport.co.uk for more details.