Africa: GE Transportation is to overhaul eight Tazara locomotives over three years.

Bosnia: ZFBH has awarded Koncar of Zagreb a contract to modernise 14 Class 441 electric locos, following on from a previous batch of four. All will receive thyristor controls and new cab equipment.

Bulgaria: Fuel transport company Bulmarket has bought five Class EA 3000 electric locos from Danish State Railways, which will be refurbished and used to haul raw materials to a bio-fuel plant.

The Ministry of Transport has awarded Italian firm Astaldi a €162·5m contract to modernise 104 km of the 145 km Plovdiv - Svilengrad line over a 39-month period starting next spring.

Croatia: On August 21 HZ awarded TZV Gredelj a 62m kuna contract to modernise 10 Djuro Djakovic Class 2132 diesel-hydraulic shunters.

Czech Republic: A consortium led by Kapsch CarrierCom of Austria has won a contract to install GSM-R on 268 route-km from Kolí­n via Ceská Trebová and Brno to the Slovak and Austrian borders near Breclav. SZDC plans to have GSM-R on its four main corridors and five other selected lines by 2013.

Egypt: According to Bruno Chingandu, Regional Manager for Sales & Services, GE Transportation is to supply 40 Evolution diesel locos to Egyptian National Railways.

Germany: DB Regio has placed two orders totalling €150m for 39 Alstom Coradia Lirex EMUs. The first 12 of the 160 km/h Class 440 sets will enter service on the München - Passau line in 2009, with a further 27 being delivered in 2009-10 for use on services around Würzburg.

India: Timken's Jamshedpur plant has received an US$6·5m contract to supply AP Class E tapered bearings to freight stock builder Titagarh Wagons.

Iran: Kryukovsky Vagonzavod is to supply RAI with a further 1 000 wagons, following a visit by an Iranian delegation to the factory at Kremenchuk in Ukraine.

Kazakhstan: German firm G Zwiehoff GmbH has won its largest-ever contract, covering the supply of a total of 66 Mercedes Unimog U5000L road-rail maintenance and rescue vehicles 'worth more than €25m' to Kazakhstan by March 2008.

Pakistan: PR has called tenders for the supply of 75 diesel-electric locos, and options for a funding package. 50 must be assembled locally at the Risalpur Locomotive Factory.

Poland: Bombardier has received an €55m order to supply 37 double-deck coaches to Warszawa suburban operator Koleje Mazowieckie, which is funding the purchase in partnership with the Mazowieckie government and European Investment Bank.

Russia: The Izhevsk division of Gorkovskaya Railway has taken delivery of four Metrovagonmash RA-1 railbuses for unelectrified suburban lines in Udmurtia.

RZD has placed a 2·2bn rouble order with Ural Railway Engineering Plant for 25 twin-section 2ES6 3 kV DC freight locos rated at 6·4 MW to be delivered by 2009. The 'United Russia' prototype unveiled in December has now been certified by the All-Russian Railway Research Institute.

South Africa: DCD-Dorbyl has been awarded a contract to provide 64 three-axle bogies for the 32 Class 15 E electric locos which Venus Railway Solutions will supply in 2008-09 for the Sishen - Saldanha heavy haul iron ore line.

Spain: Ansaldo Signal España has been awarded a €9·62m contract to install and maintain ETCS Level 2 signalling on the connection between the high speed lines to Sevilla and Barcelona south of Madrid Atocha.

Sri Lanka: This month SLR will begin taking delivery of 100 coaches being supplied by China National Machinery Import & Export Corp over three months at a cost of Rs22m each. They are the first new coaches to be delivered to SLR since 1992, and during the warranty period the manufacturer will pay US$50 for each day a car is out of service.

UK: Last month leasing firm Porterbrook signed a £164m contract to purchase 37 four-car Class 350 Siemens Desiro 25 kV EMUs for the new West Midlands franchise which Govia will run from November 11 (RG 7.07 p403). The 160 km/h units will be delivered from October 2008 for use on London - Birmingham services.

Leasing firm HSBC Rail has awarded Wabtec Rail a US$40m contract to maintain and repair for the next five years the fleet of 31 Class 91 electric locos used on East Coast Main Line inter-city services.

USA: Maryland Transit Administration has awarded Bombardier a $14m contract to overhaul 34 Nippon Sharyo commuter coaches dating from the 1980s. NJ Transit has selected a joint venture of Parsons, Tishman Construction and Arup to manage construction of the $7bn Trans-Hudson Express tunnel, which will double passenger rail capacity between northern New Jersey and mid-town Manhattan.