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Registration opens for the 2022 Railway Challenge


The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has opened registration for the 2022 Railway Challenge. Organised by the Institution’s Railway Division, the Railway Challenge provides young engineers with the opportunity to develop their engineering knowledge, soft skills and practical abilities while designing, manufacturing and running a working scale train.

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.

The University of Sheffield prepares for the ride comfort challenge.

Team members gain direct experience of working together on an engineering project, making them highly capable and desirable graduate engineers once they apply for their first roles in industry.

Working on a problem.

Now in its tenth successive year, the Railway Challenge 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.

The competition has had its own challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 202o competition was held in a virtual environment, which the 2021 Railway Challenge saw four teams make it to the ‘live’ competition at Stapleford, with a couple of others working remotely. The University of Huddersfield won overall, with the University of Sheffield taking second and the combined Alstom/University of Derby team third.

Some last-minute fettling…

In addition, FH Aachen/Reuschling, the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University won different elements of the competition.

The IMechE Railway Division is hopeful of receiving a full entry for 2022 and of being able to run a weekend of competition at Stapleford on 23-26 June.

The University of Derby made a joint entry with Alstom.


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