first_imgn Indian Railway Construction Corp is negotiating for a five-year contract to refurbish and maintain 15 Malaysian Railways Class 22 diesel locos of 1750hp, following an earlier contract to refurbish 12 of the class.n Research consortium GasRail USA is to equip a Los Angeles Metrolink F59PHI diesel loco with a late-cycle high-injection pressure combustion system developed by Moog Controls as part of a programme to develop natural gas fuelled locos with low exhaust emissions.n Istanbul municipality’s transport agency has shortlisted three bidders for supply of 96 EMU cars to work the Taksim – 4 Levent metro line now scheduled for completion by the end of next year. Lowest bidder was Adtranz Sweden, followed by Bombardier of Canada and GEC Alsthom.n Atlanta public transport agency Marta has launched studies for a 24 km metro, light rail or monorail link from Lindbergh Center metro station to South DeKalb, serving three colleges, a medical centre and a major commercial zone. n Look for delivery of the first 200 km/h Gardermobanen airport express EMU to Norwegian State Railway this month; the three-car unit was shipped from the Adtranz Strømmens works to the Västerås test track on August 16.n Taiwan’s Ministry of Transport & Communications has shortlisted five bidders for construction of a 40 km rail link from Taipei to Chiang Kai-Shek International airport at a cost of around NT$50bn. The winning bidder is due to be announced on November 21, with the line opening by 2003.n This month is due to see the rollout of the first double-deck TER2N EMU for French National Railways services in the Nord Pas-de-Calais région; 76 units are to be supplied by GEC Alsthom and Bombardier Eurorail’s ANF Industrie for three régions before the end of 1999.n Governor of the Philippines province of Sorsogon, Juan Frivaldo, has called for international funding to build a 134 km rail link between the provincial capital Matnog and PNR’s Main Line South at Comun in Albay province; a feasibility study suggests that the 4·5bn pesos project could be viable as a build-operate-transfer concession.last_img

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