Railway Challenge


Past events

Congratulations to Railway Challenge 2018 winners - Ricardo Rail!


 Grand Champion and award winners Ricardo Rail Team

“This year’s Railway Challenge was the toughest competition yet. For Ricardo to win in the first year it has competed is an outstanding achievement. Good team work and project management, with sound system engineering and testing delivered impressive and reliable performance,” Bill Reeve, Head Judge and Director of Rail at Transport Scotland.


Also to runners up SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit!


SNC-Lavalin - runners up

And to 3rd place - University of Birmingham!


University of Birmingham - 3rd place

2018 Railway Challenge Results

  1.  Grand Champion - Ricardo Rail
  2.  SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  3.  University of Birmingham
  4.  FH Aachen and Reuschling University, Germany
  5.  TFL (Transport for London)
  6.  University of Sheffield
  7.  University of Warwick
  8.  University of Huddersfield
  9.  Bombardier Transportation and University of Derby
  10.  Siemens and University of Southampton



Track-based Challenges

  • Energy Storage Challenge, sponsored by Network Rail: Ricardo Rail
  • Maintainability Challenge sponsored by Young Rail Professionals: University of Sheffield
  • Traction Challenge, sponsored by Angel Trains: SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  • Reliability Challenge, sponsored by Eversholt Rail Group: 

SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit, Ricardo Rail and FH Aachen

  • Ride Comfort Challenge: SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  • Noise Challenge: TFL (Transport for London) 


Presentation Challenges

  • Innovation Challenge, sponsored by RSSB: SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  • Business Case Challenge: TFL (Transport for London)
  • Design Challenge, sponsored by Porterbrook: SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit


railway challenge public scores 2018

    Previous Challenge Results

    Railway Challenge 2017 Results

    2017 Teams and results

    1. SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit (1,087 points)
    2. University of Birmingham and AEGIS Engineering Systems (1,045)
    3. University of Huddersfield (893 points)
    4. University of Sheffield (823 points)
    5. Transport for London (820 points)
    6. University of Southampton and Siemens Mobility (587 points)
    7. University of Warwick (562 points)
    8. Alstom UK & Ireland (267 points)
    9. FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences (244 points)
    10. Bombardier Transportation and University of Derby (189 points)
    11. Brunel University (19 points).

    Railway Challenge 2016 Results

    2016 Teams and results

    1. SNC-Lavalin (1,291 points)
    2. TfL (789 points)
    3. University of Southampton (680 points)
    4. Bombardier & University of Derby (606 points)
    5. University of Huddersfield (283 points)
    6. WMG, University of Warwick (256 points)
    7. University of Sheffield‎ (221 points)
    8. University of Birmingham (‎107 points).

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