A consortium of 16 Japanese railway-related companies has begun marketing a package of trains, an operating system and other necessary facilities for building railways in Southeast Asia, consortium officials said Wednesday.

The companies, including Toshiba Corp., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Kinki Sharyo Co., have joined hands to meet a growing demand in Southeast Asian countries for the construction of inexpensive and safe trains systems in cities that are capable of carrying a large number of passengers at high speeds.

With Asian governments calling for a comprehensive proposal, the consortium developed a package of light rolling stock, traffic signals, a system to restore normal train operations after a delay, a system for central management of transformer stations, and other facilities needed to build a standard urban railway system for Asia (STRASYA).

The package also includes infrastructure improvements for the system.

The consortium began full-scale marketing of the package to Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam at a meeting held by the government in Yokohama on Aug. 27 to study the construction of urban train systems in Asian cities.

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