TURKMENISTAN's president Mr Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a number of documents on January 17 that will enable its domestic railway to complete construction of a new north-south railway from Gyzlgaya to Bereket and Ertek following the failure by Iranian contractor Pars Energy to complete work on the Bereket - Etrek section on time.
A tripartite memorandum of understanding was signed in Yerevan on January 24 concerning the construction of the Southern Armenia Railway, which will form part of a new north-south corridor linking the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf.
GERMANY's first open-access long-distance operator Hamburg-Köln-Express (HKX) is celebrating its first six months of operation with a week of discounted tickets and the "fastest music festival in Germany", with musicians travelling on the train and performing 120-second sets during stops at stations.
RUSSIA's Gorkovskay Railway announced on January 11 that it will invest an additional Roubles 1.4bn ($US 46.1m) in 2013 to complete improvements to railway infrastructure in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan ahead of the World Student Games that is being held in the region in July.
THE Czech Republic's newest open-access passenger operator, Leo Express, will offer a full service on the Prague – Ostrava – Bohumin route for the first time from January18, when it will ramp up the number of round trips per weekday from five to eight to provide a service every two hours.