First Commercial Maglev Sold


BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT in the UK is selling a piece of history – all for a good cause.  Maglev (MAGnetic LEVitation) was the world’s first commercial automated people-mover system of its type, and one of the historic cars is being sold to raise money for the charities Help for Heroes and Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Maglev ran from the Airport’s terminal to the nearby Birmingham International railway station between 1984 and 1995 – a distance of around 660 yards (600m).  However, problems with the first-generation electronic systems made it unreliable in its later years and it was replaced with a cable system, similar to that on some trams or cable cars.  (Photo Birmingham Airport)