Institution of Mechanical Engineers launches 'Railway Challenge'

Railway Challenge for students and apprentices

University and apprentice teams are being challenged to design and manufacture the best small-scale railway locomotive.

The Railway Challenge, launched by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, will take place at the Stapleford miniature railway near Melton Mowbray on June 30 and July 1.

Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said as it was a new competition, this year only four teams would be taking part, but next year the plan was to open it up to any UK university or railway company.

 “This new competition is a fantastic springboard for young people wanting to pursue a career in railway engineering,” Oldham said.

A major part of the competition will be the Energy Storage Challenge, where teams are required to store energy during braking and use it to drive the locomotive up a gradient. There will be two other practical challenges focusing on traction and ride comfort. Teams will also be required to make a technical submission and prepare a business case.

The four teams taking part in this year’s event are from: Interfleet Technology, Birmingham University, Manchester Metropolitan University and an independent team of apprentices and students from Derby.

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