The Railway Challenge 2019

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Competition event
29 June 2019 09:00 - 30 June 2019 17:00
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Two days of miniature locomotive testing on 14 engines designed and built by young undergraduates, graduates and apprentices in early careers in industry.

Come support your favourite team: 

  1. Huddersfield University
  1. Warwick University
  1. F H Aachen University of Applied Sciences and Reuschling - Germany
  1. Transport for London
  1. Brunel University
  1. Helwan University (Egypt)
  1. Ricardo Rail
  1. University of Sheffield
  1. Bombardier Transportation and University of Derby
  1. SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit
  1. Newcastle University
  1. South Western Railway/CEMAST
  1. Poznan University of Technology Poland
  1. Network Rail


Components of the Challenge:

Track Based challenges: 

Energy Storage Challenge 

Traction Challenge 

Ride Comfort Challenge 

Noise Challenge 

Auto-Stop Challenge 

Maintainability Challenge 

Reliability Challenge 


Presentation challenges: 

Design Challenge (Report)

Business Case Challenge (Presentation) 

Technical Poster Challenge (Presentation 

Innovation Challenge (Report)


Spectators will be able to purchase hot beverages and snacks from the catering van on site between 08.00 and 17.00 on both days. No complimentary catering will be provided by the IMechE and the caterers accept cash payments only. The catering van will be situated by the station building on Saturday and Sunday. Snacks will also be available at the Haven on Sunday during the Challenge/ Spectator Train runs. 


Spectator trains

The best vantage point for the track-based challenges will be on Sunday 1stJuly at The Haven. Trains will be running between the Station and the Haven. 


Spectators will also be able to walk down to The Haven, which takes approximately 10 minutes from the Station building. This walk is across fields and it is recommended that you dress accordingly, including suitable footwear.



The Event Schedule (TBC):


Saturday (Test Day – No Spectator Trains will run)

Overview of the day’s schedule

•          08:30  Maintainability challenge continues

•          08:30  Start of Test runs

•          10:30  Start of Business presentations (at the Haven)

•          18:00  End of activities 


Sunday (Main challenge day – Spectator Trains will run)

Overview of the day’s schedule

•          09.00 First Spectator train (runs approx. hourly during the day)

•          09:00  Start of On-track Challenges

•          12:00  Lunch

•          12:30   On-track Challenges continued

•          15:30  Judges’ deliberation

•          16:15  Prize Giving Ceremony

•          17:00  Close of Railway Challenge, clearing up and packing away



How to register: (Near You Ticket)

An Eventbrite link will be created later. 


Please ensure that you register to attend this event by registering.  


Updated Spectator Information will be published here by February 2019:


Keynote Speaker and IMechE Senior Representative: Tony Roche (President)


Stapleford Miniature Railway
Stapleford Miniature Railway
LE14 2SF
United Kingdom

Contact Details

Jelena Gacesa
United Kingdom
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Alternative contact Kristina Virkolich

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