Amtrak has ordered over 200 blast-mitigating waste bins from BlastGard International for $828750. The MTR91 and MTR101 bins are designed to avoid fragmentation, blast shock and thermal effects from improvised bombs.

The Ministry of Railways recorded 1·15 billion passengers carried on China’s railways in 2005, a 10-year high and up 3·3% on 2004. Long-distance travel was up 7·9%, and freight tonnage 8·2%.

Network Rail named Redrow Regeneration as preferred bidder for a £200m project to rebuild Guildford station, funded through residential and commercial developments at the site. Arrowcroft has presented plans for a £24m station improvement scheme at East Croydon featuring a new elevated northern concourse.

India’s Southern Railway and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing are testing a jointly-developed Station Name Display System driven by GPS on the Vanchinad Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam.

CAPTION: The first five of 21 Class 318 EMUs leased from HSBCby First ScotRail for Glasgow suburban services have been returned to traffic following refurbishment by Hunslet Barclay. They have received new seat, floor and wall coverings, and a repaint for a ’lighter, brighter and more contemporary ambience’