BANGLADESH:· The first 15 of 250 coaches which Bangladesh Railway has ordered from Indonesian rolling stock manufacturer PT Inka were shipped from the Port of Tanjung Perak in Surabaya on January 20.

The US$101m order placed in 2017 with financing from Indonesia Eximbank includes 50 coaches for BR’s 1 676 mm gauge routes and 200 for the metre-gauge network.

These will be a mix of WJC air-conditioned sleeping cars, WJCC air-conditioned coaches with 90 (broad gauge) or 55 (metre gauge) seats, WEC non-air-conditioned cars with 90 or 60 seats, WPC generator cars and WECDR dining cars.

Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in April 2020.

PT Inka supplied BR with 150 coaches worth US$72m in 2016, following from 50 valued at US$14m which were supplied in 2006.