Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, who is currently on a five-nation tour, visited important railway installations in Britain and France and held discussions there about exploiting opportunities in the global railway industry.
"During June 23-29, 2006, the Railway Minister had interaction with ministers and other high dignitaries on matters related to safety, security, training and public private partnership, etc," an official release in New Delhi said.
During his tour in the United Kingdom, Lalu visited railway stations, maintenance depots and simulators besides making a halt at the London underground/Metro stations.
He also visited the 2'Gauge Heritage Railway at Leighton Buzzard besides meeting NRIs and other eminent personalities.
The Chief Executive Officer of Network Rail and Managing Director of London Rail also called on him.
While speaking on capacity augmentation and modernisation of Indian Railways, Prasad also mentioned about the large opportunities available in the international railway industry.
In France, Prasad visited the most advanced high speed TVG Train Depot. Later, he had meetings with the French Minister for Railways and Chairman, French Railway and International Union of Railways.
He held wide ranging talks with them including on international cooperation in the field of training of Indian Railway officials, follow up on the fire simulators in coaches, land development and heritage and development of logistic parks, the release said.