The IMechE Railway Challenge is designed for teams of engineering students studying at a UK university or apprentices working in industry. They are required to design and manufacture a miniature (10¼” gauge) railway locomotive in accordance with a set of rules and a technical specification. At the end of each year, a competition weekend will be held at Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire at which the teams will compete against each other to test their locomotive designs and determine a winning team for that year.
In the 2012-13 academic year the challenge is open to teams from any UK university or railway company. The competition dates are Friday 28 June to Sunday 30 June 2013. Teams intending to participate should enter in accordance with the details given below. More details in the link below.
Mike Hanson from Rudyard Lake Steam Railway said:-
“We are providing testing facilities again at Rudyard to last years winners Interfleet who are keen to defend their title. We are happy to help any other challengers in the same way”
David Coging from Ferry Meadows Railway said:-
“As some of our members are aware we were due a visit by the University of Birmingham in November 2102 to test their entry for this years challenge, but due to bad weather and after two cancellations the testing was posponed until February 2013”
As Mike as said above if any team wish to use our track for testing please contact us at Ferry Meadows Railway.
We think it is important to encourage this challenge, these are our designers and engineers of the future, we will all feel the benefits of progress.