Brazil: Siemens is to supply 40 railcars worth US$70m to CPTM of São Paulo under an agreement with Mitsui of Japan.

Canada: North Ltd of Australia has purchased 11 GE Dash-9 locomotives for C$26·6m, to be operated by its Iron Ore Company of Canada subsidiary.

CN has taken delivery of the first of 300 centre-beam lumber wagons, manufactured by National Steel Car and leased from NorRail for C$22m.

China: Hong Kong MTR Corp has selected Bank of China to install automatic teller machines at 48 stations by mid-1998.

Congo: Railweight has supplied a Weighline in-track vehicle weigher to CFCO.

Denmark: Semco Vakuumteknik is to supply 2320 vacuum toilets to German Railway and complete toilet compartment modules for Stadler GTW 2/6 railcars.

Germany: Waggonfabrik Talbot has won orders for 12 Talent diesel railcars worth DM36m for delivery by early 1999; eight will go to Regio-Bahn Kaarst-Mettmann, and four to Dortmund-Markische Eisenbahn.

Great Britain: Railtrack has ordered two train describers from Vaughan Harmon Systems to replace units at Glasgow Central and Motherwell.

Iran: CSEE Transport of France has won a FFr30·5m subcontract from China North Industry Corp to provide a TVM300 automatic train control system for Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Corp’s 42 km Ayatollah Kashani - Mehr-Shahr suburban route.

Israel: IR has ordered three shunting locos from GEC Alsthom Transporte of Spain, to the same design supplied to Swiss Federal Railways (8.96 p474).

Malaysia: The 70 Bombardier-built trains for Kuala Lumpur’s Putra automated light metro (p617) will be fitted with auxiliary power units from Rolls-Royce Industrial Controls to provide 415V AC for air-conditioning and propulsion cooling, as well as 48V DC.

Puerto Rico: Meister Electronic is supplying passenger information equipment for 32 Siemens Tren Urbano LRVs.

Slovakia: Bell Canada, Noram Ltd and EDC have signed a 12-month US$10m contract to modernise ZSR’s telecommunications. Work has begun on laying optical cable between Kosice and Zilina.

South Africa: Sarcc is seeking to use a US$60m loan from the Japanese government to finance refurbishment of its 4635-car EMU fleet under a sale-rebuild-leaseback agreement.

Cape Metropolitan Council has approved plans for a 4·5 km two-station Metrorail extension to Khayelitsha, and a programme to reduce fare evasion.

Spain: Madrid metro trainsets being built by GEC Alsthom Transporte will be fitted with RM 2000 radio equipment from Matra Communication’s Spanish subsidiary.

USA: UP is to replace its Computer Aided Dispatching system by 2000, introducing CAD III technology that will integrate main line and terminal planning.

Zimbabwe: NRZ has called tenders for electrification between Harare station and Msasa yard, and for telecommunications equipment to be installed between Bulawayo and Dabuka.