A group of 12 budding engineers from SNC-Lavalin’s Rail & Transit team in Derby has won this year’s Railway Challenge after impressive performances in 10 different challenges.
This is the second time that a team from SNC-Lavalin has won, after victory in the 2012 competition under the company’s former name, Interfleet.
The full results were:
- SNC-Lavalin (1,291 points)
- TfL (789 points)
- University of Southampton (680 points)
- Bombardier & University of Derby (606 points)
- University of Huddersfield (283 points)
- WMG, University of Warwick (256 points)
- University of Sheffield (221 points)
- University of Birmingham (107 points)
Andris Upenieks, one of SNC-Lavalin’s Graduate Engineers, commented: “We are immensely proud of our achievement and take away some fantastic hands-on experience of what it takes to make a locomotive from start to finish.
“Our focus is developing innovative solutions which drive technology forward within the rail industry, so this was a great opportunity to showcase our ideas.
“The experience will be invaluable in our future careers and we are thrilled that all our hard work has paid off.”
Bill Reeve, Chief Judge of the competition, said: “SNC-Lavalin put in an impressive performance across all 10 challenges, and their locomotive performed faultlessly. I would like to congratulate the team for their excellent project management, an innovative design and first-rate operational performance.
“The competition is run along the lines of a real-life tendering process, and I would like to congratulate all the teams that took part in what is an exciting and challenging competition. All the teams need to develop an initial concept, prepare a business case, finance, design, manufacture and build their locomotive from scratch.”