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 October, ending with a final event in late June/early July of the following year.

The Challenge, now in its thirteenth 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/July at Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire, where several categories of winners and an overall Railway Challenge champion will be crowned.


Railway Challenge 2024 registered teams:

University Name

Team Name

Application Level

FH Aachen & Reuschling

Molly loves J.I.M.

Standard Level

Heriot-Watt University

HW-Rail

Entry Level

IIT Kharagpur

TeamTRAK

Entry Level

Network Rail and Colas Rail

Network Rail and Colas Rail

Standard Level

Newcastle University

Newcastle University Locomotive Team

Standard Level

Poznan University of Technology

PUTrain

Standard Level

Siemens Mobility Limited

Siemens Mobility

Entry Level

The University of Sheffield

Railway Challenge at Sheffield

Standard Level

Transport for London

Transport for London

Standard Level

University of Birmingham

UofB HIVE TRAIN

Standard Level

University of Derby/Alstom

University of Derby/Alstom

Standard Level

The University of Edinburgh

EdRail

Entry Level

University of Huddersfield

HUDRail

Standard Level

University of Warwick

Warwick Rail

Standard Level

Challenge News

Challenge Sponsors

  • Angel Trains
  • RSSB
  • AtkinsRéalis
  • CAF Rolling Stock

Challenge Supporter

  • Network Rail
 

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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.

Learn about the Challenge