Stapleford Miniature Railway hosts locomotive egineering competition

The winners SNC-Lavalin's Rail and Transit team pictured alongside their innovative locomotive engine 
PHOTO: David Shirres
The winners SNC-Lavalin's Rail and Transit team pictured alongside their innovative locomotive engine PHOTO: David Shirres

Budding engineers from some of the countries top universities went head to head at Stapleford Miniature Railway for the Railway Division Institution of Mechanical Engineers competition.

Eight teams from around the country were required to design, manafacture and test a miniature 10 and a quater gauge railway locomotive capable of being able to transport a 600kg load.

The groups were judged on a series of ten track based and presentation challenges. The track based challenges included energy, energy storage, traction, ride comfort, noise, maintainability and energy efficiency. The presentation challenges included design, business case, innovation.

The winners were a group of twelve designers from SNC-Lavalin’s Rail and Transit team in Derby.

Bill Reeve, chief judge of the competition, said: “SNC-Lavalin put in an impressive performance across all 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.”