Finnish infrastructure authority Ratahallintokeskus expects to call tenders this month for the extension of 25 kV electrification from Oulu to Rovaniemi and Tuomioja to Raahe. This forms part of a two-stage programme to wire the remaining trunk lines in northern Finland.

CAPTION: Russian Railways’ Demikhovo EMU factory has completed a prototype DDB1 diesel trainset for Belarus Railway, comprising a converted locomotive and 10 push-pull trailer cars. Powered by two 1472 kW diesel engines, the 620 tonne train has 1100 seats and space for up to 1900 standees. Top speed is 100 km/h