Railway Challenge


Past events

Congratulations to all the award winners in our 2021 Railway Challenge!

Full 2021 results

  • Grand Champion: University of Huddersfield
  • Runner-up: University of Sheffield
  • Third place: Alstom & University of Derby

Track-based challenge results

  • Auto-Stop: FH Aachen & Reuschling
  • Ride Comfort: University of Huddersfield
  • Traction: University of Sheffield
  • Noise: Alstom & University of Derby
  • Maintainability: Alstom & University of Derby

Non-track challenge results

  • Business Case: Newcastle University
  • Technical Poster: University of Birmingham
  • Innovation: FH Aachen & Reuschling
  • Design: Alstom & University of Derby

Previous Challenge results

Railway Challenge 2020 results

Full 2020 results

  • Design: University of Huddersfield
  • Innovation: University of Huddersfield
  • Business Proposition: Joint winners - Poznań University of Technology and Network Rail
  • Technical Poster Award: University of Huddersfield.

View the complete 2020 Challenge results

2020 results 

Watch our 2020 Awards Ceremony video

Railway Challenge 2018 results

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 Event gallery


  • Grand Champion - Ricardo Rail
  • SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  • University of Birmingham
  • FH Aachen and Reuschling University, Germany
  • TFL (Transport for London)
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Bombardier Transportation and University of Derby
  • 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

    2018 competing teams:

    • Bombardier Transportation and University of Derby
    • FH Aachen and Reuschling University, Germany
    • Helwan University, Egypt
    • Ricardo Rail
    • Siemens and University of Southampton
    • SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
    • TFL (Transport for London)
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Huddersfield
    • University of Sheffield
    • University of Warwick.


      Find out more about the 2018 teams and the Challenge

    Railway Challenge 2019 results

    Full 2019 results

    • Grand Champion: FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
    • Runner up: Transport for London
    • Third place: Ricardo Rail

    Track-based challenges

    • Auto stop: FH Aachen University of Applied Science
    • Energy Storage Challenge:  FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
    • Maintainability Challenge: Bombardier / University of Derby 
    • Traction Challenge: Ricardo Rail
    • Reliability Challenge: University of Sheffield and Bombardier / University of Derby
    • Ride Comfort Challenge:  FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
    • Noise Challenge: Bombardier / University of Derby.

    Presentation challenges

    • Innovation Challenge: University of Warwick
    • Business Case Challenge: Transport for London
    • Design Challenge: Transport for London and SNC-Lavalin
    • Poster Challenge: SNC-Lavalin
    • Poster popular vote: SNC-Lavalin 

    • Special award for ingenuity and elegance in mechanical design: PUTrain University of Poznan

    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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