CAPTION: Metrolink operator Southern California Regional Rail Authority has been running a series of trials around Los Angeles with a Siemens-built RegioSprinter. On January 18 the lightweight articulated railcar made demonstration runs on a freight line between Arcadia (above) and Claremont in the San Gabriel valley

CAPTION: French National Railways ran a demonstration special on February 16 as part of a two-month trial with an Italian ETR460 tilting trainset on the Paris - Orléans - Limoges - Toulouse main line; a 1992 plan to upgrade the classic route to TGV standards has been dropped, and SNCF is now looking at the scope for 220 km/h operation of tilting trains to cut Paris - Limoges journey times from 3h to 21??2 h