• Minister of State for Railways R Velu told the Indian parliament in August that a survey had been completed for a 52 km railway between Sivok in Bengal and Rangpo in Sikkim. The cost of construction is put at R13·3bn.
  • Under a pilot scheme for the revival of the national network in El Salvador (RG 1.07 p11), passenger services were due to be restored over the 12·5 km between San Salvador and Apopa on October 1.
  • Having purchased the rights to the Transandino project from original developer Tecnicagua and Petrolera del Sur, Corporación América SA has secured a further extension to the bidding timetable from the governments of Chile and Argentina. Technical bids for restoring the Los Andes - Mendoza route are now due by December 14 and financial bids will be opened on January 31 2008, although the new promoter is thought to favour a base tunnel for both road and rail.
  • This month will see the completion of feasibility study into the construction of a US$2bn coal railway running 350 km between central and eastern Kalimantan in Indonesia. The study is being undertaken by a consortium of Korean firms Posco Engineering and Kenertec, local firm Nuansa Cipta Coal Investment and state railway PT Kereta Api.
  • Studies have confirmed the feasibility of building a 13·2 km branch from the Callao yard of Peru's Central Andino Railway to a new port terminal at Ventanilla. Work on the US$7·25m project could start next year and is expected to take nine months to complete.
  • Egis Rail has been appointed to undertake a study into the costs and feasibility of constructing a 6·6 km mountain railway with six stations between Villard-de-Lans and Le Balcon de Villard in France. It would use rolling stock made redundant by con­version of the Lausanne – Ouchy line from a rack railway to a rubber-tyred metro.