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Railway Challenge Registration Form


The registration closing date has now passed but if you are still interested in competing in the 2023 competition, please contact us by emailing

Please ensure that you have all of your team information to hand before you begin filling in the form as there is no option to save and return.

You will need details about your organisation as well as all of the team participants. This information will need to include their degree title and current year of study.

You will also need payment information at the end of the form. You may pay by credit or debit card (including Visa, Mastercard & American Express), or request an invoice on behalf of your organisation. For the latter you will need to provide a Purchase Order (PO) number on the form.

To find out more about the challenge, guidance, rules and key dates, you can visit the Team Resource page

Team Entry Fee:  £620 + VAT = £744 total
Entry Level Option fee (scroll down this page for more information): £500 + VAT = £600 total

The fee allows for up to 15 team members to attend demonstration event at Stapleford Miniature Railway. If you would like to register any additional team members, a charge of £25 + VAT (£30) for each additional team member will be incurred.

New for 2023: Railway Challenge entry level option

For 2023 we are offering a new ‘Entry Level’ option for the Railway Challenge. This is only open for teams from institutions which have not previously participated in the competition.

Teams taking the Entry Level option are not required to manufacture a locomotive being only required to submit a design of their proposed loco. The design must follow all rules of the main competition but Entry Level teams must also submit a CAD model to demonstrate the overall structure of their locomotive and also a more detailed design of one chosen sub-system. Entry Level teams are still expected to compete in all the other presentation challenges.

The designs will be assessed by the judges and a trophy will be awarded to the best Entry Level challenge team at the final ceremony of the Railway Challenge weekend.

The intention is that this provides teams with a stepping stone towards a full entry in a future year, where it may seem too daunting to both design and construct a locomotive within a single year.

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Challenge Sponsors

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Challenge Supporter

  • Network Rail

Media Partners

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