A Maglev Train in Venezuela?
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>A Maglev Train in Venezuela?</h1><p>April 21 (EIRNS)--The Venezuelan Congress is about to hold hearings on the Caracas-la Guaira Electromagnetic Train Project, Venezuela's official Press Agency ABN reported April 20. Next Wednesday, April 26, the Committee on Science, Technology and Social Communication will hear a proposal by engineer Cerra Bals, on a bill to fund a project to link Venezuela's capital with its port of La Guaira via an "electromagnetic train."</p><p>Cerra Bals has been working on this project for 40 years, but he was always turned down until the current Defense Minister, Gen. Raul Baduel, endorsed the idea, whereupon Bals moved the project to the ministry's premises. Now he also has the support of the Infrastructure and the Science and Technology Ministries, as well as the Autonomous Institute of State Railroads, but still no funds to build his prototype. Last Dec. 26, President Hugo Chavez saw the plans and the scale model, and pledged support to the idea.</p></div></body>