CAPTION: JR Central and Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute tested the experimental MLX01 maglev vehicle on its guideway in Yamanashi prefecture for the first time on December 2. The three vehicles were hauled from their depot to the test control centre about 7 km along the 18·4 km guideway by a special diesel tractor

CAPTION: Tracklaying is well advanced at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal taking shape alongside Britain’s West Coast main line 120 km north of London. The 147 ha site includes a logistics park and five-track rail depot. To be operated by Applied Distribution, the terminal will handle up to 10 trains a day to and from Europe via the Channel Tunnel