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Angola: Through Rites India's Integral Coach Factory has supplied two 1 067 mm gauge six-car DMUs, and three self-propelled accident response vehicles.
Australia: In January Fortescue Metals placed an order for a further 160 iron ore wagons with China South. 816 were supplied under a previous order.
Austria: Wiener Lokalbahnen has taken up a €13m option for a further four Bombardier low-floor LRVs for the Wien - Baden line.
Bulgaria: BDZ put the first two of 25 three-car Desiro EMUs being supplied by Siemens into regular service on the Sofia - Pernik route on February 15.
Canada: Toronto Transit Commission issued a tender notice on January 17 seeking 204 low-floor light rail vehicles that can operate on the city's existing 190 route-km tram network. Specifications call for a 100% low floor, single-ended design with doors on one side only. Air conditioning - absent from the current trams - will be required and Canadian content must total at least 25%.
China: MTR is to call tenders shortly for the supply of five eight-car trainsets for use on Hong Kong's Island, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan and Tseung Kwan O lines from 2011.
Cuba: Transport Minister Jorge Luis Serra has announced that 100 locomotives are to be purchased from China under a US$500m rolling stock investment programme. Deliveries scheduled for 2009-10 will also include 200 passenger cars and 550 wagons from Iran.
Czech Republic: CD has announced it is to purchase 100 Bimz and Bimdz inter-regional coaches from Deutsche Bahn for KC1·4bn. They will be refurbished by ZOS Trnava in Slovakia.
Italy: At the end of January Ferrotramviaria exercised an €11m option with Stadler for a further two Flirt four-car EMUs which will enter service between Bari and Barletta in September 2009.
Lithuania: On January 23 state railway LG awarded Polish rolling stock builder PESA Bydgoszcz a 13·1m litas contract to supply two 91-seat 120 km/h railbuses by November.
Madagascar: At the end of January Madarail took delivery of five diesel locos purchased from China Southern with World Bank and EIB loans.
Malaysia: The cabinet has allocated 40m ringgit for the acquisition of 20 inter-?city coaches. National Railway KTMB is to spend 160m ringgit purchasing eight four-car EMUs for Kuala Lumpur commuter services.
Mongolia: During January 16 coaches supplied by CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co underwent acceptance trials. The sleeping, dining, luggage and power generating cars have been customised to withstand cold, wind and sand on the Ulaanbaatar - Beijing route.
Poland: On January 23 the first of five two-car SA134 DMUs ordered by Lower Silesia regional authority was handed over by PESA Bydgoszcz, which is also supplying three single-car vehicles.
Russia: Faiveley has won its first contract in Russia, to supply St ?Petersburg tram builder PTMZ with 36 pantographs.
Spain: FEVE has awarded Fenit Rail a €14·35m contract to supply 120 multi-purpose wagons with a 20 tonne axle-load within 36 months.
Sri Lanka: Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has announced plans to purchase 20 DMUs from India. 15 six-car DMUs ordered from China at a cost of Rs5·3bn are due to arrive in May for use on Colombo suburban services.
Switzerland: SBB is to refurbish its fleet of 236 EuroCity coaches for use on domestic routes, where they will replace stock that is not air-conditioned. Under the SFr137m programme, the first rebuilt cars will emerge from SBB's Olten workshops in early 2009. SBB's 12 panorama cars are included in the project.
UK: On February 5 Network Rail signed a £41·7m contract with Plasser & Theurer for the supply of a high output ballast cleaner, along with 48 ancillary vehicles. To be delivered in 2010, it will be able to treat 500 m of track in an 8 h shift.
Next month Transys Projects in Clacton will begin a programme to refurbish the interiors of 29 Class 170 DMUs for CrossCountry.
Transport for London has signed a leasing contract for the 188 Class 378 EMU cars on order from Bombardier for ?London Overground services, freeing £250m for capital investment. Running until 2027, the deal is funded by the QW Rail Leasing joint venture of National Australia Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.
USA: The first of a total of 300 Southern Co coal wagons which are being retrofitted with Wabtec ECP-4200 electronically-controlled pneumatic brakes re-entered service on BNSF tracks in the Powder River Basin on January 25.
Caltrans has bolstered its inter-city fleet with the acquisition of two Superliner coaches from Amtrak. The 30-year-old Pullman-Standard cars have been rebuilt at a cost of $1·5m, gaining new seats, power sockets, windows, refurbished toilets and receiving a deep clean.