ANGLO-French rolling stock supplier GEC Alsthom announced in February that it had won two contracts to supply metro and commuter rail trainsets to South America.On February 11 GEC Alsthom won a Fr300m order to build a further 6 seven-car trains for Lines 1 and 2 of the Santiago metro. They will follow a batch of 17 sets now being assembled at the CIMT works in Valenciennes for Santiago Line 5. These are derived from the rubber-tyred MP89 trainsets for Paris Line 1 (RG 2.96 p61), and bring the total fleet supplied to the Chilean capital since 1978 to 438 cars.The following day, a consortium led by GEC Alsthom with Adtranz and CAF won a £130m contract to build 30 four-car EMUs for São Paulo’s commuter operator Companhía Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos. These steel-bodied sets with two driving motor cars and two centre trailers are designed to carry up to 1000 passengers at 120 km/h. Manufacture is being divided between GEC Alsthom Transporte in Barcelona, CAF, and local Brazilian companies. Adtranz will supply the traction equipment, rated at 2400 kW per unit. o
(CMC) – OPENER Evin Lewis, all-rounder Rovman Powell and captain Jason Holder have all managed to move up in the ICC one-day players rankings, despite West Indies’ dismal showing in the recent three-match series.Left-hander Lewis jumped 11 places in the batting rankings to 65th while Powell also climbed 11 spots to be 127th.Holder, meanwhile, leapt six places to be on the brink of the top 20 in the bowling rankings at 21st.The trio’s movement comes on the heels of the Caribbean side’s 3-0 whitewash at the hands of New Zealand where they found themselves completely outplayed.However, Lewis was one of two Windies batsmen in the series with half-centuries, scoring 76 in the opening match in Whangarei which the visitors lost by five wickets.The Trinidadian finished the series with 86 runs from two matches – the most by a Windies player.Powell was also among the runs in the first game scoring an attacking 59, a knock which marked his maiden half-century in ODIs.Seamer Holder finished as the joint highest wicket-taker for the Windies with five wickets, alongside left-arm speedster Sheldon Cottrell who also picked up the same number of scalps.Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli leads an unchanged top 10 in the batting rankings while Pakistani paceman Hasan Ali continues to head the bowling rankings.