Bulgaria: Bulgarian State Railways has ordered 60000 Type B91S/2 concrete sleepers from ZSPV Uhersky Ostroh of the Czech Republic.

Canada: Canac Inc has been awarded contracts worth a total of C$17m to rebuild the 28 km Port Alfred - Jonquière and 16 km Alma - St Bruno sections of the Roberval & Saguenay Railway. To serve a new smelter at Alma, 11 km of track is being laid for the line’s owner Alcan Smelters & Chemicals Ltd.

GO Transit has awarded CLN Ventures Inc a contract to rebuild 29 locomotives at Capreol, Ontario. Work on the 26-month contract began in May.

Under a C$125m three-year programme to acquire 1300 new centre beam wagons for lumber traffic, CN is to add 400 vehicles this year at a cost of C$35m.

Czech Republic: IPS Praha has been awarded a KC2·8bn contract to upgrade CD’s 18·5 km Moravsky Pisek - Hustenovice route by October 2001.

France: Sytral of Lyon has awarded Ascom Monétel a Fr220m contract to renew its fare collection system by June 2001. It includes 3000 validators for magnetic stripe tickets and contactless smartcards and 320 vending machines.

Germany: PFA is to refurbish 25 IC coaches and 96 regional coaches for DB. It is also fitting out 20 ICT restaurant cars under subcontract to Duewag.

DB has ordered 100 Type Tamns four-axle sliding roof wagons from Bombardier’s Vagónka Cesk