Austria: ÖBB has placed a €215m order with Bombardier and Elin for 60 more four-car Talent regional and commuter EMUs, to be delivered fom July 2005 to the end of 2006.

Canada: Canadian Pacific has signed a seven-year IT outsourcing contract with IBM worth C$200m, under which 100 employees will be transferred to IBM.

Finland: As part of the GSM-R Radio 2000 project for which Siemens is the main contractor, RHK has ordered GSM-R fixed and switching terminal equipment from Frequentis. It will enter service on the Pieksämäki - Iisalmi line early in 2004, and will be rolled out on around 5000route-km of the network by the end of 2006.

France: CFD is supplying nine two-car DMUs to SNCF's Corsican operation in an order worth €40m, with options for nine more. The regional government is to invest €112m to upgrade the infrastructure by 2006.

Germany: Connex subsidiary Nord-Ostsee-Bahn has placed a €120m order with Bombardier for 90 coaches and four Traxx (Class 146.1) locomotives, to enter service between Hamburg and Westerland on Sylt from December 2005.

Hungary: Bombardier is to modernise 13 MÁV locomotives at a cost of HF1·8m.

Russia: Siemens and Russian Railways are to set up a working group to plan the modernisation of DC locomotives, and develop a replacement for the class VL-11.

Spain: GIF has awarded Siemens, Alcatel España, Dimetronic, Indra and Instalaciones Inabensa a €209·4m contract to supply overhead electrification, signalling and telecommunications systems for the Segovia - Valdestillas section of the Madrid - Valladolid high speed line. It includes maintenance up to the end of 2006.

Patentes Talgo has been awarded a 14-year contract worth €900m to maintain 1027 of its cars operated by Renfe. The railway has ordered 48 Talgo VII cars in addition to the 22 sets already on order.

GIF has awarded Aldesa Construcciones, Tableros y Puentes and Romymar a €47·3m contract for civil works on the 5·3 km X? tiva section of the Madrid - Valencia line.

FEVE has called tenders for six EMUs for its Bilbao - Balmaseda service, to be delivered within 20 months to a budget of €17·75m. An additional 12 cars may be ordered for routes in Vizcaya and Asturias.

Sweden: Bombardier has received a SKr700m order from Skånetrafiken for 11 additional three-car Contessa inter-regional trains, with an option for a further 19. They will be delivered from Spring 2005 for use in Skåne and across the Øresund.

United Kingdom: Arrowvale Electronics is supplying data recorders for retrofitting to 900 vehicles owned by leasing company Porterbrook by December 2005.

In a €3·5m contract Fläkt Woods has begun delivering to Emcor Rail a total of 48 jet fans and 26 aerofoil axial fans up to 3·8m in diameter for tunnel ventilation on Section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

USA: Consultants from Interfleet Technology have advised Amtrak on developing in-house overhaul and maintenance procedures for its 15 HHP-8 electric locomotives.

Johnstown America Corp is building 1250 BethGon II coal wagons for American Electric Power. 875 are for use by BNSF in the Powder River Basin, and 375 will replace older vehicles in AEP's fleet.

ERG Transit Systems has been given notice to proceed with the $150m TransLink multi-mode smart card project in San Francisco (RG 3.00 p171).

Union Switch & Signal has been awarded a contract to design and supply signalling and interlockings for Sacramento Regional Transit District's 13 km Folsom light rail extension (p22), for completion in 2005.

Union Pacific has ordered a further 175 of GM-EMD's SD70M 4000hp locomotives, for delivery from mid-2004.

Uzbekistan: China's Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Works has completed the first of a 12-strong fleet of 6000 kW locos being supplied to UTY in a US$41·8m contract.

Vietnam: Hai Phong Carriage Co has supplied DSVN with a 'five star' VIP coach for use by diplomats and businessmen. The vehicle features a meeting room, kitchen, bed and two bathrooms.