CAPTION: This month is due to see the completion of the 70 km cut-off between Beitbridge and West Nicholson in southern Zimbabwe, by contractor Murray & Roberts. Operation of the line, which will provide a direct route from the South African border to Bulawayo, has been contracted to a joint venture led by Spoornet in which NRZ and Botswana Railways hold minority stakes

CAPTION: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami participated in ceremonies last month to inaugurate RAI’s 137 km Tehran - Qom direct line. Services were to begin on March 23; a five-car express with seats for 300 leaves Qom at 06.30 and Tehran at 17.00 each day, serving five new stations Photo: IRIB News

CAPTION: Stagecoach Holdings’ British South West Trains franchise took delivery of its second Class 458 Juniper EMU from Alstom Transport on February 19 for trial running from Wimbledon depot

Photo: Brian Morrison