Australia: Alcoa World Alumina has sought expressions of interest for the supply of nine 1067mm gauge locomotives and 283 bauxite, alumina, and caustic soda wagons if it signs a new haulage contract in 2003.

Tenders have been called for the relocation of Townsville station inQueensland, and provision of a new access bridge.

Barclay Mowlem has completed an A$9m quadrupling programme on the section of City Rail’s East Hills line between Turella and Beverly Hills in the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Austria: VA Tech Elin EBG has won an order to supply drive components for three TBMs for use on CTRL Section 2 in Britain, and also for four to be used on the Madrid - Valladolid line in Spain.

China: Kowloon - Canton Railway has awarded an €62m contract to Alstom for supply of Axonis train control and signalling on the 9 km Sheung Shui - Lok Ma Chau extension, and for upgrading capacity of the East Rail line to 27 trains/h in each direction.

Croatia: Patentes Talgo of Spain is offering to supply Talgo 200 trains with passive tilt to HZ, in response to a call for five trainsets to operate from Zagreb to Split and Rijeka. Other bids came from Fiat, AnsaldoBreda, Siemens and Adtranz.

Europe: Renfe has ordered 10 sleeping and reclining seat cars for international overnight services from Patentes Talgo for Pts809m, with SNCF also ordering 10. An additional 11 cars have been purchased by Renfe for the Madrid - Lisboa route and domestic overnight services.

Germany: DB is to buy 200 wagons from Zastal Wagony of Poland, with options for a further 400.

Great Britain:GB Railfreight has signed a five-year £8m deal to lease a further five General Motors JT42CWR (Class 66) locos from HSBC Rail, increasing its fleet to 12. Delivery is expected in June.

India: On September 28 RailTel Corp was due to open tenders to build four sections of its planned 7800 km optic fibre network, linking Delhi with Jaipur, Wadi with Pune and Dharmavaram with Vijayawada.

Ireland: British firm H Bingham & Son has won a £450000 order to build a train washing plant for Iarnród éireann.

Malaysia: Mott MacDonald is to carry out tunnel and station design for Phase 2 of the monorail being built at the new city of Putrajaya. The company has done similar work for Phase 1.

Netherlands: NedTrain’s Tilburg workshops have won an order from General Motors to modify 10 JT42CWR locos, installing Indusi, Memor and ATB-NG equipment for use in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. GM received formal certification for the class to operate in Belgium on September 17.

Peru: Wabtec subsidiary MPI de México has signed a US$3·9m contract to remanufacture five C30M-7 locos for Ferrocarril Central Andino, including the fitting of microprocessor controls.

Saudi Arabia: Pakistan’s Railcop has won a US$9m track upgrading contract for SRO. Work started in August, for completion by February.

Slovakia: Three consortia have been shortlisted to supply 35 diesel railcars to ZSR. They are Alstom with ZOS Zvolen, Siemens with ZTS Dubnica nad V