SUBSCRIBERS will receive with this issue a copy of our annual supplement Metro Report. The 2001 edition offers readers an update of urban rail developments in London, host city for this year’s UITP Congress. Other articles cover technical progress with low-floor tramcar design, and our range of city reports includes Mashhad, Qingdao and Dublin. Separate copies of Metro Report can be ordered from our distributor, Esco Business Services, at

This month also sees the launch of monthly updates for, our on-line reference source. This achieves a long-held ambition, as publication of the annual Railway Directory in book format was always subject to long lead times. We are now able to update the data almost as soon as we are notified, so please continue to keep us up-to-date by e-mailing important changes to railway organisations, personnel and product lines to

The book is still the preferred format for many users, and we will continue to publish it for the foreseeable future. Both on-line and book versions form valuable information sources for our industry, with details of main line and urban railways worldwide, as well as contact data for suppliers, statutory bodies, consultants and other rail-related businesses. You can order both versions through Esco, or the electronic version at a discount on-line at