Australia: Downer EDI Rail has awarded Knorr-Bremse a €140m contract to supply and maintain doors and braking systems for 626 EMU cars being built with Hitachi for the Reliance Rail PPP contract to supply trains for Sydney suburban services. Thales will supply communications and CCTV.

Austria: Rail Cargo Austria's wagon subsidiary Industriewaggon has awarded Astra Vagone a €24m contract to supply 300 flat wagons. Tatravagonka was awarded a €59·8m contract for 300 twin-section timber and container flat wagons.

Belgium: In the third follow-on to an initial contract awarded in 1999, SNCB has placed a €90m order with Bombardier and Alstom for 50 M6 double-deck coaches, which will be delivered in the second half of 2009.

China: Following successful trials in Guangdong province, TagMaster has been awarded a SKr15m contract to supply RFID equipment enabling electric trains to switch automatically between different feeder stations on the Beijing - Hong Kong route.

Croatia: HZ Cargo has awarded Duro Dakovic Specijalna Vozila a 42·5m kuna contract to supply 60 wagons by July 2008.

Czech Republic: A consortium of Skanska, SSZ and Viamont DSP has won a KC3·76bn contract to upgrade a 39·8 km section of Corridor 3 between Planá u Mariánských Lázní and Cheb. Including the rehabilitation of seven stations, the work will start this month for completion in December 2010.

Europe: On November 23 Angel Trains announced it is to lease 40 Traxx electric locos to SNCB's freight business B-Cargo from 2008-09. Five multi-system locos were already on order and 35 more have been ordered from Bombardier, which will maintain them for 10 years under a contract worth a total of €175m.

Bombardier announced on November 26 a €57m order for 15 Traxx AC and multi-system locos from leasing firm CB Rail.

Germany: Brandenburg-based Havelländische Eisenbahn has ordered two Maxima 40 CC diesel-hydraulic locomotives from Voith Turbo (RG 11.07 724). Delivery will be in 2008-09, and HVLE has an option to buy a further six locos.

Italy: FS Holding's high speed line construction authority TAV has awarded Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario a €42·5m contract to supply ERTMS for eight locations on the Milano - Bologna line.

Malaysia: A joint venture of Gamuda and MMC Corp has been awarded a 12·5bn ringgit fixed-price contract to double-track the 329 km route from Ipoh to the Thai border at Padang Besar over five years.

Poland: Broad-gauge operator PKP LHS has awarded PESA Bydgoszcz a 50m zloty contract to modernise 25 of its M62-derived ST44 locos, with new engines to be supplied from Kolomna in Russia. LHS is also buying two 311D locos which have been completely rebuilt from M62 locos by Newag.

PKP Cargo has signed a three-year lease for six Traxx F140MS electric locos which Angel Trains had ordered from Bombardier. They were due to be delivered by the end of 2007 for use on cross-border trains to Germany.

Saudi Arabia: Following successful tests of prototype 32·5 tonne axleload sleepers in Germany, Rail.One plans to begin production of concrete sleepers at a plant in Ha'il, 700 km north of Riyadh, in April. Rail.One is to supply 850 000 standard sleepers and 35 000 m of turnout bearers for the 500 km section CTW100 of the north - south line.

South Africa: Bombardier Transportation has signed an alliance agreement with black economic enterprise investment and industrial companies Kagiso Trust Investments and J&J Group.

Sheltam Grindrod has taken delivery of six Brazilian-built C30-EMP diesel-electric locos from GE Transportation under the second phase of a total order for 20. The first 10 were supplied in 2006, with the final four expected by the end of 2007.

South Africa Rail Commuter Corp has awarded Union Carriage & Wagon a R285m contract for the rehabilitation of 130 EMU cars. Sarcc is committed to upgrading more than 2 000 vehicles over the next three years at a cost of R7bn.

Spain: IER has installed the first 60 of 210 touch-screen ticket vending machines which it is to supply to RENFE over the two years.

UK: Porterbrook Leasing has placed its 25th order for Bombardier Turbostar DMUs, ordering 12 two-car and 15 three-car sets of the lighter Class 172 variant for use on Govia's London Midland franchise.

This month EWS Network will take delivery of the first of 105 low-sided 90 tonne box wagons ordered from Greenbrier for use on infrastructure contracts with Network Rail.

USA: On December 12 the New Jersey Transit board voted to purchase 27 electric locomotives from Bombardier, which will be an upgraded version of NJT's existing ALP-46 design. Interfleet Technology has been awarded a $2m contract to plan a $438m upgrade for NJT's 20 ABB-built ALP-44 electric locos from 2009.

On December 10 leasing firm GATX announced it had signed an agreement to buy 2 000 new tank wagons from manufacturer Trinity Industries over two years, with an option for a further 1 000.