Indian Railways is to re-call bids for operation of three of the five tourist train services offered to the private sector in May 1995.Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Ltd hopes to order trains for the Delhi and Bangalore routes, which would be ready by the end of 1999. But S S Patil backed out of the Goa - Mangalore project, and favoured bidder for the Mumbai - Angaurabad circuit EWT&T went into liquidation. IR received no bids for the fifth option.

British train operator Midland Main Line replaced first class with Premier Service and Business Class on January 5. Premier features inclusive meals, drinks and car parking, whilst Business costs the full standard class fare and offers hot drinks and newspapers.

SNCF’s British marketing arm Rail Europe has launched a dedicated phone line to handle travel to the football World Cup in France this summer. Eurostar and TGV information, reservations and bookings are available in Britain by dialling 0870 90 4-4-2-98.

Eurostar is planning to launch a through train from London to the C