TRAFFIC on the Betuweroute, the dedicated freight line from Rotterdam to the German border near Emmerich, increased by 30% in 2011 to 23,000 trains.
THE president-director of mining company PT Tambang Batu Bara Bukit Asam (PTBA) says he has been informed by the Indonesian government that the legal problems which have delayed construction of the 300km railway since 2005 will be settled this year.
The first 4.1MW diesel freight locomotive jointly designed by Indian Railways' Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi, EMD, and India's Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) will be completed soon.
THE government of Western Australia has approved plans for a 53km rail connection to the joint Rio Tinto/Hancock Prospecting Hope Downs 4 iron-ore mine in the Pilbara region.
BRAZILIAN ethanol and sugar company The Cosan Group has acquired 38 million shares in freight operator Latin American Logistics (ALL) for $US 521m, almost double the market price.
Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has secured an $US 83.1m loan guarantee from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to purchase six EMD locomotives built in the United States,