Student teams compete to build the best miniature locomotive

Eleven student and apprentice teams from the UK, Germany and Egypt will take part in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge in Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire in the summer.

The competition, which was launched in 2012, requires participants to design and manufacture a miniature, 10 1/4” gauge, railway locomotive in accordance with a number of precise rules.

The teams’ locomotives are then tested at the competition weekend, on 28th June-1st July 2018, in a series of track based and presentation challenges. These challenges include a design report and business presentation, as well as track-based challenges on the locomotive’s traction, ride comfort, noise, maintainability and ability to store energy.

Last year’s winners, SNC Lavalin, will be defending their title.

The Railway Challenge is supported by Angel Trains, Beacon Rail Leasing, Eversholt UK Rails Group, Network Rail, Porterbrook and RSSB, and is working in collaboration with the Year of Engineering.

Confirmed teams taking part in the Railway Challenge 2018 are:

  1. University of Warwick
  2. University of Sheffield
  3. FH Aachen and Reuschling University, Germany
  4. Siemens and University of Southampton
  5. SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  6. University of Huddersfield
  7. Ricardo Rail
  8. University of Birmingham
  9. TFL
  10. Bombardier Transportation and The University of Derby
  11. Helwan University from Egypt

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