BRITISH company Railweight has installed in-motion train weighing systems on each side of the 4.8km Jamuna River road/rail bridge in Bangladesh. The bridge, opened in 1998 to connect the two parts of Bangladesh's hitherto divided rail network, and is currently used by up to 17 freight trains a day which are subject to a weight restriction to prevent further cracks from forming in the bridge. Up to now, freight trains have had to stop for a lengthy manual inspection, which was not particularly accurate, before being allowed to cross. Now it is possible to weigh trains at up to 80km/h and when travelling on either broad or metre-gauge track.
SWISS intermodal operator Hupac and its Italian counterpart Cemat, together with Trenitalia, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of future intermodal terminals in Milan, Brescia and Piacenza that will aid intermodal freight traffic in Northern Italy and on the Rotterdam - Genoa corridor.
THE federal government is reportedly looking to implement the construction of a Reais 1.2bn ($US 657m) railway from Brasilia to Anápolis and Goiânia as a finance-build-operate PPP. The line would be 190km long with a maximum operating speed of 160km/h.
The Colombian government is studying two options for financing the 330km Carare coal railway, following the completion of feasibility studies in March.
The National Planning department says a public or privately-funded initiative would be acceptable. Votorantim Metais, a Brazilian company which controls the local PazdelRío steelmaker has signed a partnership deal with Corporcarare Corporation to take the project forward.
Indian Railways (IR) has agreed to be included in the southern corridor of the planned Trans-Asian Railway network.
As a result, IR will need to build a 97km rail link between Jiribam and Tupul at an estimated cost of Rs 30bn ($US 586m) under the first phase of the project.
North-West Railway has been granted a permit to build a 554km $US 1bn line from Chingola to Jimbe on the Angolan border.
Financial advertisers Tagos Group says negotiations with financial backers should be completed by the end of the year to enable construction to start next year.