GE Transportation has won a contract from Chilean transportation services provider Ferrocarril de Antofagasta (FCAB) for the delivery of five C23EMP single-cab AC/DC diesel-electric locomotives.

GE will also be responsible for the supply of parts, service and warranty, under the agreement.

Customised for the needs of FCAB, the trains are designed to perform light-axle load operations.

The low clearance of the trains allows for operation on narrow gauge tracks.

FCAB intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance safety features and improve the overall efficiency through the new trains.

The EU’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has reached a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) grant agreement with RB Rail to provide a grant of €130m ($152m).

A joint venture (JV) of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, RB Rail is responsible for the Rail Baltica project.

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“HyperloopTT will further collaborate with the government in identifying a viable route for the system.”

Lithuania will largely benefit from the grant by receiving a share of €115.6m ($135.2m), while Estonia and Latvia will respectively receive €6m ($7m) and €8m ($9.35m).

The grant will be used for the erection of a bridge on the Neris River, the development of regional transport infrastructure and the Pärnu–Latvian border works.

Alstom has secured a €60m ($70.2m) order from Transport for Victoria (TfV) for the delivery of five X’Trapolis trainsets.

The latest contract brings the total number of trains being manufactured by Alstom at its Ballarat facility for TfV to 106.

The trains will be deployed on the suburban rail network in Melbourne, Australia.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has reached an agreement with Tongren Transportation & Tourism Investment Group for the development first hyperloop system in China.

The scope of the contract includes the supply of the necessary equipment, technology and engineering services. Tongren will be responsible for the regulatory approvals, certification and the construction.

The proposed system is being developed under a public-private partnership project, with the Tongren government investing 50% in the project.

HyperloopTT will further collaborate with the government in identifying a viable route for the system.

European rail infrastructure managers Getlink, HS1, SNCF-Réseau and Infrabel have signed an agreement to deploy the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on their rail networks.

The agreement will see major rail lines linking London, Paris and Brussels equipped with the ERTMS.

The deployment is intended to improve cross-border interoperability throughout Europe.