SNC-Lavalin graduate engineers win the Railway Challenge for the third time

July 19, 2017 Europe , United Kingdom

Nine graduate engineers from the SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit team in the UK won the ‘Railway Challenge 2017’. 

Teams from SNC-Lavalin previously won the competition in 2012 and 2016, so the company retained the trophy for the second year running.

The national competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, saw 11 teams compete against each other to design and manufacture the best, most innovative, efficient and quietest small-scale locomotive. 

The locomotives were designed to work on a 10¼” gauge line at a miniature railway. They also had to be powerful enough to transport a 600kg load - including one of the Railway Challenge judges.

“We were delighted to retain the title of ‘overall winners’. As always, taking part in the Railway Challenge allowed us to put our imagination and resourcefulness to the test and gave us the hands-on experience of what is needed to make a locomotive from start to finish,” said David Westcough, leader of the SNC-Lavalin graduate team.

The competition comprised of a series of track based and presentation challenges, including a design report and an ‘Innovation Challenge’, which involved producing an academic paper on the innovations in the loco. The track based challenges included: Energy Storage, Traction, Ride Comfort, Noise, Maintainability and Energy Efficiency.


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