n Watch for firm plans to be drawn up for the 300 km link between Kashi in Xinjiang province and Andizhan in Uzbekistan, through Kyrgyzstan, following China’s formal agreement in September to participate in the scheme (RG 4.01 p223).

n Look for Iranian Islamic Republic Railways to announce plans to electrify its new Tehran - Qom - Esfahan direct line. Work is now under way on the 142 km second phase, following the opening of the first 137 km in March 1999.

n Danish state-owned holding group Sund & Baelt A/S reports expressions of interest from around 100 private-sector groups in construction of a €3bn fixed link over the 19 km Fehmarn Belt between Germany and Denmark. The company expects to issue a summary report for discussion by April 1 2002.

n Look for Plasser & Theurer to unveil its Dynamic Tamping Express at the World Congress on Railway Research in K