Afghanistan: The World Bank is to fund a US$1.5m feasibility study into an 800 km line from Chaman in Pakistan to Kushka in Tadzhikistan, costed at US$600m.
Australia: National Rail Corp began providing traction for The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland on November 1, under contract to Great Southern Railway.
Canada: CN is to sell 1025route-km between Smith, Alberta and Hay River, Northwest Territories, to RaiLink Ltd, which took over CN’s 324.9 km Boyle - Linton route in Alberta on November 24.
A substantial rise in earnings by the St Lawrence & Hudson Railway has persuaded CPR not to break up its subsidiary. StL&H has meanwhile sold its 570 km Québec - Montréal - Hull route to GRO subsidiary Les Chemins de Fer Québec-Gatineau.
Czech Republic: Private operator Jindrichohradecké místní drahy has reported a tripling of freight traffic in its first month of operation on the routes from Jindrichuv Hradec to Obratan and Nova Bystrice.
Egypt: ENR has awarded a Fr27m contract to ANF-Industrie of France for mid-life refurbishment of 80 bogies from gas turbine powered trainsets.
Estonia: EVR’s 50 km freight-only branch from Riisipere to Haapsalu is to be sold to a local businessman.
Germany: DB introduced VT611 tilting DMUs to the K