According to the Association of American Railroads, US freight railways will make capital investments totalling a record $13bn in 2012.

The Bulgarian government has dropped plans to award a concession for management of Sofia Tsentralna station, which is to undergo a €30m refurbishment in 2013.

This year the Metrans subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik is to build the Czech Republic’s second-largest container terminal at Ceská Trebová. The €20m facility will offer three gantry cranes serving six tracks.

The government of Ghana has allocated US$0·5bn of a US$3bn China Development Bank loan for rehabilitation of the Western Line from Takoradi to Kumasi.

Norfolk Southern has completed a $6·1m government-supported project to increase clearances to permit double-stack intermodal traffic on the 200 km Heartland Connector between Columbus and Cincinnati, cutting 340 km from the route to Detroit.

The InterRail pass marks its 40th anniversary this year. In 2011 it was used by more than 248000 passengers; 78·9% were under 26, and 3·7% seniors.