Australia: NRE has announced details of the eight 1 067 mm gauge low-axleload diesel locos that it is to supply to Watco, which has won a seven-year contract to haul grain for GrainCorp. The six-axle locos will have new NRE bogies with a 15·75 tonne axleload and an EMD 12-645E3B engine rated at 2 250 hp. The specification requires a maximum weight of 94·5 tonnes, length of 19 m, height of 3 900 mm and width of 2 850 mm.

Austria: Wiener Lokalbahnen has selected Bombardier Transportation to supply 18 TW500 LRVs for operation from 2021, with options for 16 more.

Bulgaria: TMH is to overhaul two four-car Sofia metro trainsets with options for 10 more.

China: CRC has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation JV a 3·1bn yuan contract to supply a further 15 eight-car and three 16-car CR400AF high speed trainsets for operation at up to 350 km/h.

Colombia: CAF is to refurbish 42 three-car Medellín metro trainsets under an €80m contract.

Denmark: Bombardier has withdrawn from the competition to supply push-pull coaches to DSB.

Egypt: CRRC Qingdao Sifang is to supply 22 six-car 120 km/h EMUs to operate on the future line linking Cairo to 10th of Ramadan City, and to maintain them for 12 years.

Europe: FNM has awarded Stadler a €114·4m contract to supply nine six-car dual-voltage EMUs for use by Trenord on TILO cross-border services between Italy and Switzerland from late 2020.

France: On behalf of the Hauts-de-France region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply 19 Omneo Premium double-deck inter-city EMUs for use on the Paris – Amiens and Paris – Saint Quentin – Maubeuge/Cambrai routes from 2022 (p42).

Germany: Nürnberg metro operator VAG has ordered a further six four-car G1 trainsets from Siemens Mobility.

BVG has directly awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply a further 21 Flexity Berlin trams.

Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded manufacturer Bombardier Transportation a €80m contract for the mid-life refurbishment of 51 double-deck coaches and 37 Traxx electric and diesel locomotives.

Bombardier is to supply 10 more ET490 EMUs to S-Bahn Hamburg.

India: The Ministry of Railways has authorised ICF to produce a further four Train 18 inter-city trainsets (RG 11.18 p11).

Indonesia: In November CRRC signed what it said was its first contract to supply wagons to Indonesia.

Israel: ISR has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to supply Atlas ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment for 192 vehicles, with an option for a further 34. Design work is scheduled to start in January, with installation taking two years.

ISR has awarded Bonatrans a €3·6m contract to supply monobloc wheels.

Italy: An eight-year framework agreement for Stadler to supply FNM with between 30 and 50 battery-equipped 140 km/h DMUs for Ferrovienord services at a cost of €6·4m per unit was signed on November 21. There is a €192m firm order for an initial 30 to be delivered from 2021.

A €24·2m firm order for Newag to supply regional operator Ferrovie del Sud Est with six more three-car Impuls II EMUs was finalised on December 7.

Latvia: Daugavpils Satiksme and UAB Railvec signed a €4·1m contract on November 26 for the supply of eight single-section trams. UAB Railvec is partnering with PK TS, which is likely to supply its Lionet design.

Poland: To increase capacity on the Krzyż – Gorzów Wielkopolski – Berlin corridor, Lubuskie voivodship has awarded Newag a 43m złoty contract to supply two three-car DMUs by the end of 2020.

Pomorskie voivodship has ordered a further four Newag Impuls five-car EMUs as a follow-on from a 123m złoty contract for five awarded in May.

Romania: Two X72500 DMUs acquired from SNCF are now being used by Regio Calatori between Brașov and București.

Russia: United Wagon Company is supplying 75 high capacity flat wagons to wood processing company Kastamonu.

Kambarka Engineering Works has launched the VP750-DITS accessible coach, suitable for railways of between 600 and 1 000 mm gauge. It has two wheelchair spaces with support panels, securing belts and horizontal handrails, as well as ramps to cover the gap between platforms and the doors.

PK TS was sole bidder to supply a three-section tram to St Petersburg.

RM Rail has extended the design life of its Type 15-1264 methanol tank wagons from 24 to 32 years.

Sweden: To cope with growing demand, Västtrafik has exercised an option for a further five Bombardier Transportation Zefiro Express 200 km/h three-car EMUs, to be delivered from the second half of 2021.

Switzerland: On December 13 Schweizerische Südostbahn placed a firm order for a further seven eight-car Stadler Flirt Traverso long-distance EMUs and five four-car regional Flirts.

UK: Translink has exercised an option for CAF to supply a further 21 Class 4000 DMU intermediate cars to increase capacity on the Northern Ireland Railways network from 2022, funded by £50m from the Department of Infrastructure.

Network Rail has awarded Sabre Rail Services a contract to overhaul the brakes on its fleet of 555 JNA Falcon open wagons.

USA: The Caltrain board has approved the exercising of options worth $174·6m to increase its order from 16 six-car Stadler double-deck EMUs to 19 seven-car sets.

Schaltbau Sepsa (Albatros SLU) has won a $47m contract to supply onboard information and data systems for 535 cars to be supplied to New York City Transit by Kawasaki Rail Car in 2019-22. Options to equip up to 1 077 additional vehicles by 2025 could bring the contract value to $87m.

BNSF Logistics has expanded its fleet with a TEXX 900 wagon for transporting abnormal loads. The 20-axle shiftable well wagon has a capacity of more than 400 tonnes. The load can be moved 330 mm up, 280 mm down and 355 mm sideways.

Uzbekistan: TMH Novocherkassk has delivered two 9·2 MW 3ES5K Yermak three-section 25 kV 50 Hz electric locomotives ordered by UTY to operate heavier trains in mountainous areas.

Altaivagon has won contracts worth 850m roubles to supply 200 vans to Uzbekistan’s Cotton Logistics and automatic couplers to UTY.