RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) has signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of 350 four-axle electric locomotives with Siemens and its Russian joint venture partner Sinara.
THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), an office of the president of the Philippines, has given the go-ahead to Japan to conduct a full feasibility study of a proposed 12.6km elevated monorail line in Manila.
Titagarh Wagons, India, is eyeing opportunities for growth in both domestic and overseas markets. Vice chairman and managing director Umesh Chowdhary outlined the company's future strategy to Kevin Smith in Delhi.
SINGAPORE Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a $S 119m ($US 96m) contract for a second batch of 45 Movia C951 metro cars from Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles (CBRC), China.
VOITH Engineering Services has been awarded a contract worth around €7m to develop a low-floor LRV for Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Group, China.
JAPAN's Mitsubishi Electric Corporation says it has installed the world's first auxiliary power supply system incorporating silicon carbide power modules in a series-production train.
COMMERCIAL services began on March 16 on the 1.5km link between Daikanyama and Shibuya in Tokyo, completing the connection between Fukutoshin metro line and suburban lines to the south-west of the city.
EAST Japan Railway Company (JR East) began scheduled operations at 320km/h on the Tohoku Shinkansen with the timetable change on March 16.
RUSSIA's Finance Ministry has announced proposals to cut subsidies for long-distance train services and divert the funding to investment in aviation.
THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have agreed to provide a $US 260m loan to support the construction of Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 5.