Afghanistan: The World Bank is to fund a US$1.5m feasibility study into an 800 km line from Chaman in Pakistan to Kushka in Tadzhikistan, costed at US$600m.Australia: National Rail Corp began providing traction for The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland on November 1, under contract to Great Southern Railway. Canada: CN is to sell 1025route-km between Smith, Alberta and Hay River, Northwest Territories, to RaiLink Ltd, which took over CN’s 324.9 km Boyle – Linton route in Alberta on November 24.A substantial rise in earnings by the St Lawrence & Hudson Railway has persuaded CPR not to break up its subsidiary. StL&H has meanwhile sold its 570 km Québec – Montréal – Hull route to GRO subsidiary Les Chemins de Fer Québec-Gatineau.Czech Republic: Private operator Jindrichohradecké místní drahy has reported a tripling of freight traffic in its first month of operation on the routes from Jindrichuv Hradec to Obratan and Nova Bystrice.Egypt: ENR has awarded a Fr27m contract to ANF-Industrie of France for mid-life refurbishment of 80 bogies from gas turbine powered trainsets.Estonia: EVR’s 50 km freight-only branch from Riisipere to Haapsalu is to be sold to a local businessman.Germany: DB introduced VT611 tilting DMUs to the K
A 20-year-old teaching assistant in Pasco County is accused of possessing fentanyl and heroin, after an 18-year-old man died in her apartment from a potential overdose, according to reports.Deputies found the drugs and paraphernalia at Marina Deetz’s home during the death investigation. A 17-year-old who was also at the apartment on that day told deputies that Deetz gave him and the 18-year-old fentanyl in exchange for cocaine and $50.The 17-year-old also told authorities the three of them did the drugs together.According to WTSP-TV in Tampa, investigators searched the woman’s apartment and found freshly washed dishes, a straw that tested positive for fentanyl, and a rubber container with a substance that tested positive for heroin. They also discovered $50 in her wallet.Deetz told deputies she lived in the apartment with her boyfriend, who has been in jail since January 27.She is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession/delivery of controlled substances.