Australia: Queensland has amended its rail safety investigation laws to match national standards, retrospectively dated to cover the diesel tilt train derailment north of Bundaberg on November 16 (p16).

QR has increased capacity on its Cairns - Melbourne intermodal services by 50% with the introduction of new rolling stock, and the frequency from four to six days a week, giving a weekly capacity of 1320 TEUs.

Canada: On November 2 Great Western Railway, a group of farmers and other parties, took over 496 km of former CP line southwest of Swift Current, Saskatchewan from Westcan Rail for C$5·5m.

Chile: On December 3 the first of five Class 444 EMUs being acquired from Renfe by EFE for €13·5m was loaded onto a ship at M