Czech Republic: Citing high prices, CD has abandoned a tender to acquire 20 tri-voltage locomotives to operate at up to 230 km/h (RG 3.03 p123).

Denmark: Interfleet Technology has assisted Railion Denmark in tendering and drawing up contracts for maintenance of its 43 locos and 1500 wagons.

France: SMC Rail and Setec have won an RFF contract to use OpenTrack software to model the timetables and simulate proposed operations on railway routes around Strasbourg which are to be converted for tram-train operations.

SNCF has signed a lease for a further 15 Vossloh G1206 (Class BB461000) locos from Locomotion Capital. They will be based at Strasbourg for use on cross-border trains to Germany.

SNCF has exercised a €45m option for additional Bombardier AGC multiple-units. Two diesel trainsets have been ordered for the region of Auvergne, and 12 three-car electro-diesel sets have been ordered for use in Limousin.

Germany: DB Cargo is to re-engine up to 398 Class 290 diesel locos to meet forthcoming environmental regulations. The units will be fitted with MTU 8V 4000 R41 engines, reducing emissions of nitrogen dioxide by up to 30% compared with the older engines.

Lithuania: Stiga Balt has been awarded a US$1·5m contract to supply 30000 reinforced concrete sleepers to LG by July. The firm is also supplying 120000 sleepers to Latvian Railway.

Luxembourg: CFL has signed an operating lease with Locomotion Capital for six Bombardier BR185 electric locos, to be delivered later this year. CFL has taken delivery of a Vossloh G1206 diesel from the Angel Trains subsidiary.

Netherlands: Trans Link Systems, created by NS, Connexxion, Den Haag Transport, Amsterdam Transport and RET of Rotterdam, has selected the East-West Consortium of Accenture, Hong Kong MTRC, Thales and Vialis as preferred bidder for the introduction of a national multi-mode smart card.

Slovakia: Kapsch CarrierCom has selected Nortel Networks to supply GSM-R communication infrastructure for ZSR.

Spain: Alcatel has signed a four-year extension of its contract with Renfe to maintain signalling and traffic control on the Madrid - Sevilla high speed line.

Bids are to be invited for two contracts covering civil works for a 9·5 km tunnel between Colmenar Viejo and Soto del Real on the Madrid - Valladolid high speed line. A budget of €150·8m has been set for the eastern bore and €159·6m for the western, with work on both to be completed within 42 months.

GIF has awarded Comsa a €24·6m contract to undertake civil works on the 4 km Fuencarral - Canto Blanco section of the Madrid - Valladolid high speed line. The 7 km Canto Blanco - Tres Cantos section has been awarded to Dragados Obras y Proyectos and Tecsa for €33·5m, while Vías y Construcciones will be building the 6·4 km Tres Cantos - Colmenar Viejo segment for €30·4m.

GIF has awarded a €33·8m contract to Dragados and Tecsa to build the 8·9 km Alameda de la Sagra - Mocejón section of the high speed branch to Toledo. Necso has a €39·1m contract to build the 11·6 km from Mocejón to Toledo.

Sweden: Västtrafik has placed a €21m order for three Bombardier three-car Regina EMUs for delivery in 2004.

Switzerland: Swiss Rail Cargo Italy has placed a €6·6m order for three Vossloh G2000 diesel locos.

United Kingdom: Harsco Track Technologies is to supply additional Stoneblower track maintenance machines worth $23m to Network Rail next year.

USA: Union Switch & Signal has won a $5·5m contract to design, supply and install relay-based interlocking for NYCT’s Corona yard by spring 2005.