CAPTION: On show at the Hannover fair in April was the first of a series of 350 Hirrs twin-section sliding-wall vans being supplied to GE Capital Rail Services by Bombardier Transportation DWA-Niesky. Designed to carry 65 tonnes at a maximum axleload of 23·5 tonnes, the vans are cleared to run at 100 km/h. GE CRS was formed in 1997 by the merger of Cargowaggon and Tiphook Rail

CAPTION: Grazer Verkehrsbetriebe has started testing the first of 12 Series 600 trams being fitted with a 7 m long low-floor centre section supplied by Bombardier Transportation. Carried on Duewag bogies recovered from former Wuppertal cars, the extensions offer a door height of 320 mm above rail level