Montenegrin Transport Minister Andrija Lompar and ZCG President Ranko Medenica resigned after the Bioce derailment on January 23 which killed 46 people.

The Malaysian government has appointed Lim Ah Lek as Chairman of KTMB with effect from the retirement of Thong Yaw Hong on January 2.

Former Chief Executive of V-Line Freight and Freight Australia Marinus van Onselen was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Spoornet with effect from January 30.

On January 11 Jan Tereszczuk replaced Leszek Ruta as Chairman of PKP Przewozy Regionalne, and Konrad Mirowski succeeded Andrzej Wciorka as a board member. Czeslaw Warsewicz has been appointed to the PKP Intercity board, with responsibility for economic and financial matters. At PKP Cargo Witold Bawor has replaced Andrzej Waszczuk as board member for operations and maintenance.

On January 31 Chile's President-elect Michelle Bachelet named Sergio Espejo as Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications in the cabinet which will take office on March 11.

French infrastructure manager RFF has named Jean-Marc Charoud as Director of Investment Operations.

Norfolk Southern's President & CEO Charles W Moorman succeeded David R Goode as Chairman of the company with effect from February 1. Daniel A Carp has been elected a director.

Zdenek Z? k has been recalled from the post of General Inspector of Czech Railways. Ludka Hnulíkov? has replaced Petr Baroch as Director of Passenger Traffic at CD.

Former CEO of National Express Group's trains division Ian Buchan was appointed a non-executive director of Network Rail with effect from February 5.

Jean-Marc Roger has been appointed to the new post of Director of Property at SNCF.

The Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies is to renew Johannes Ludewig's contract as Executive Director for a further three years after his current term expires in 2007.

Charles Stolte has been appointed manager of Edmonton Transit, succeeding Wayne Mandryk who has become manager of the city's Transit Projects Office which manages light rail expansion.

Kenneth Mead has resigned as Inspector General of the US Department of Transportation,to take up a position with a law firm. Sandy Bushue has been appointed Deputy Administrator of the US Federal Transit Administration.

Dr Eckart P Lehmann is to retire as Managing Director of Ahaus Alstätter Eisenbahn Holding on May 31, and will be succeeded by Finance Director Mark D Stevenson. Markus Vaerst has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Managing Director.

Hans Åke Gustavsson has joined Hector Rail as Production Development Manager.

Lawrence Cannon has been appointed Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure & Communities.

W Thomas Rice, former President of a number of US railway companies and a co-founder of CSX, died on February 5, at the age of 93.