CAPTION: CPTM is taking delivery of 11 Series 101 EMUs being refurbished by Mafersa at a total cost of US$29m. The three-car units were originally manufactured for São Paulo suburban routes by Budd of the USA in the 1950s Photo: E Pires

CAPTION: GEC Alsthom’s Aytré factory is due to roll out the first of 105 TER X72500 DMUs this month, ordered for local services by SNCF and 11 regions in two- and three-car formations. A production unit is to be fitted with Fiat tilting equipment by SNCF’s Nevers works during 1998; an all-powered three-car variant capable of 200 km/h inter-city service and a TER EMU are under consideration