Railway Challenge


About Railway Challenge     

The Railway Challenge, organised by our Railway Division, provides a brilliant opportunity for aspiring teams to compete in yet another challenging industry-specific competition, showcasing their skills, expertise, knowledge, and business acumen.

Each annual Challenge cycle kicks-off in September, ending with a final event in late June/early July of the following year.

The Challenge, now in its ninth successive year, continues to bring together teams of university students, as well as apprentices and graduates working in industry across the world to test their business knowledge, design ability and technical skills in a live test environment.

Participants are required to design and manufacture a miniature (10¼” gauge) railway locomotive in accordance with a set of strict rules and a detailed technical specification. The locomotives will be tested live at the competition weekend, which takes place in June at Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire, where several categories of winners and an overall Railway Challenge champion will be crowned.

All teams are also asked to attend a welcome seminar in November and a site visit in February at Stapleford Miniature Railway for a Q&A session with the Railway Challenge volunteers and judges.

Railway Challenge Award

A special award scheme is usually open to all registered teams of the Railway Challenge. Details and application forms will be updated in the new year.

Meet the Teams 

  • FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences and Reuschling
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Poznań University of Technology
  • Ricardo Rail
  • Transport for London
  • South Western Railway
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Birmingham
  • Brunel University (London)
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Warwick
  • Network Rail
  • Lenz Ltd

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The Challenge


  • Produce a design proposal and a prototype for a small locomotive for a large corporation
  • Manufacture the prototype and test it against prototypes manufactured by the other teams.

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