Angola: This year China Northern is to supply a further two 1500 kW diesel-electric locos with a top speed of 90 km/h.

Asia: Ansaldo Signal subsidiary CSEE Transport has placed an order with Faiveley Transport for 350 odometer and tachometer units to be installed on Alstom and Kawasaki trainsets under China’s ATP200 programme. A similar quanity has been ordered for use in India, on trains operating between Delhi and Agra and on the Southern Railway.

Cambodia: Last month a memorandum of understanding was signed in Hanoi for the import of 100 wagons from Vietnam over the next 20 years. They will be funded with credit from the Vietnamese government.

Croatia: On February 2 HZ ordered 50 Uacns-z cement wagons and 250 Eanoss-z open wagons from Djuro Djakovic. The €34·5m deal with the Slavonski Brod-based supplier is being funded through a government-guaranteed bank loan.

Cuba: The government has announced that it is negotiating the purchase of 8000 rail and road vehicles worth U$1bn from China, including 500 passenger cars and wagons. Yutong Group is reported to have already supplied 12 power cars.

Ghana: As part of a refurbishment programme Ghana Railways Corp has acquired 26 main line locos and 190 wagons. GRC has undertaken to carry 14000 tonnes of bauxite per week between the Awaso mines and Takoradi harbour, having agreed a tariff of US$10·12 per tonne with the Canadian-owned Ghana Bauxite Co.

Hungary: The government has approved the HF11bn purchase of 10 Bombardier Talent DMUs. They will be funded with a loan from KfW and operated by MÁV in the southwest of the country.

India: Last month a consortium of Ansaldo Signal, Leighton and MR Trading Co won a Rs4·4bn contract to supply signalling and GSM-R communications for the 413 km Ghaziabad - Kanpur route by July 2009.

Poland: PKP PLK has awarded a consortium of Torpol, PRKiI and PRK a €51·6m contract for the renewal of a major junction and 22 km of the E20 Berlin - Warszawa route west of Poznan. PRK will also construct a bridge at Swarzeda for €1·3m, as part of a project to improve traffic flow which is being 75% financed by the EU.

Russia: In late March Far Eastern Transport Group agreed to lease from LeasingPromHold 600 open wagons to be supplied by Altaivagon and Kryukov Wagon Works. The three-year deal is worth US$24m.

Spain: ADIF has signed an agreement to assist railway industry association Mafex with its task of promoting exports. At the start of this year Albatros and Tecsa became members of Mafex.

The Ministry of Development is to call tenders for civil works on three sections of the Madrid - Valencia high speed line between Cuenca and Fuentes totalling 33·9 km. A budget of €318·5m has been set.

Switzerland: Last month SBB exercised an option with Siemens for a further 25 double-deck four-car EMUs worth SFr348m, to enter traffic on Zürich S-Bahn services in 2008-09.

Taiwan: Lloyd’s Register Project Team member AEA Technology Rail has won a £1m extension to its contract to provide technical and operational expertise to enable the certification of the Taipei - Kaohsiung high speed line.

Turkey: In March TCDD awarded a US$140m contract for 96 commuter train carriages to a consortium of Mitsui and Rotem. Toshiba will supply converters, traction motors and air-conditioning for the trains, which are to be assembled in South Korea and will enter service around Ankara from late 2007. JBIC and Export-Import Bank of Korea are providing funding.

United Kingdom: Rail Link Engineering has awarded Balfour Beatty a £6·6m contract to provide signalling, two solid-state interlockings and modular controls for the Eurostar depot under construction at Temple Mills as part of CTRL Section 2.

Angel Trains has awarded Brush Traction a £10m contract to install MTU 16V4000R41 engines in 26 High Speed Train power cars leased to First Great Western.

USA: The Greenbrier Companies is to supply American Honda Motor with Auto-Max enclosed triple-deck and double-articulated car-carrying wagons worth $100m.