WHILE German Rail (DB) ceased operation of all classic overnight trains with sleeper and couchette coaches on December 11, internal DB documents retrieved by the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper show that the services recorded reduced losses in the last few months prior to their withdrawal.
A full-size mock-up of a Metropolis train for lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh metro was presented in the Saudi capital by Alstom on June 8 to the governor of Riyadh, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the transport minister HE Suleiman Al Hamdan.
PANAMANIAN president Mr Juan Carlos Varela officially launched construction on Panama City's second metro line on October 5, when a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the district of Las Mañanitas at the eastern extremity of the line.
THE government of Panama announced on May 14 that it has selected Consorcio Linea 2, a consortium of Constructora Norberto Odebrecht, Brazil, and FCC Construcciones, Spain, to build the second metro line in Panama City.
Since it opened a quarter of a century ago, London's north-south Thameslink line has become a key part of the city's transport infrastructure. As the city continues to grow rapidly, a £6.5bn upgrade is transforming Thameslink to offer metro frequencies through the core section and expand the network across southeast England, as Keith Barrow discovers.