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INTELLIGENCE

01 Jun 2002

Australia: NSW Minister for Planning Dr Andrew Refshauge has approved a A$40m redevelopment of Yennora freight terminal in Sydney.

Brazil: CVRD is planning to run 3·2 km, 320-wagon iron ore trains on its EFVM line to Tubarão port using Locotrol equipment. A 10% cut in fuel consumption would save 20 million litres a year.

On April 4 Rio de Janeiro commuter operator Supervia took delivery of its first four EMU cars refurbished by Alstom.

Canada: Prairie Alliance for the Future is to begin running grain services from 13 loading points on 340 km of CN lines near North Battleford, Saskatchewan from August 1, using leased locos. Wheatland Rail is to maintain and market CN's 75 km Cudworth subdivision between Bremen and St Louis on lease, with services to be operated by CN.

The federal government has announced plans to sell 13000 grain hopper wagons later this year. CPR and CN have had first refusal on the fleet for five years.

China: Ceremonies were held at Liupanshui on May 12 to mark the start of through electric trains on CR's 847 km Neijiang - Kunming line, following the completion of the 358 km central section between Meihuashan and Shuifu, which includes 148·9 km of tunnels and 41·8 km of bridges and viaducts. Test running has also started on the 118 km link from Liupanshui to Baiguo, which is expected to open next year.

Germany: Hamburger Hochbahn and AKN have formed a 50:50 joint venture, Nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft, to operate the Bad Oldesloe - Bad Segeberg - Neumünster route from December 15, using Coradia Lint 41 diesel railcars.

DB is to invest €40m modernising Mannheim marshalling yard over the next 21/2 years, and €7m on a new locomotive maintenance depot at Maschen.

International: Uzbekistan is to transfer to Kazakhstan responsibility for the Chingeldi - Saryagadh, Beinei - Oaziz and Pakhtaaral - Zhetysay lines totalling 100 km. Despite being on Kazak territory, the lines have been operated by UTY since the break up of the USSR.

A Brest - Ulan Bator block container train service began on March 15. Taking 12 days, the Mongolian Vector runs twice per month.

The International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Tribunal has ordered SNCF and the British Railways Board to pay Eurotunnel the full amount of their provisional contribution to its 2002 operating costs. Arbitration of costs for 1997 and 1998 is still being dealt with.

Italy: The Ministry of Transport has authorised infrastructure company Rete Ferroviaria Italiana to accept open access operators as part of the North-South Freight Freeway scheme, which groups 10 European infrastructure managers to provide one-stop-shop facilities to international freight forwarders and shippers.

In May Trenitalia Spa displayed in Torino a mock-up for the 37 three-car Coradia EMUs and DMUs ordered fromAlstom in January 2001 for €125m.

Spain: Renfe has moved its Bilbao freight operations to a new €21m terminal at Santurtzi. Covering 120000m2, it comprises a six-track intermodal terminal, two 400m tracks for conventional freight, and a wagon maintenance depot.

Civil works on the 3·2 km Los Prados - Arroyo de la Cañas section of the Córdoba - M