Team of Nine Budding Engineers from SNC-Lavalin Retains the Crown at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Railway Challenge 2017

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A team of nine graduate engineers from SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, Derby, has retained the award of Overall Winner at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge 2017 at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

The competition, which took place on 30 June-2 July, saw 11 teams compete against each other to design and manufacture the best, most innovative, efficient and quietest small-scale locomotive. The SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit team previously won the competition in 2012 and 2016.


Prof Simon Iwnicki, Chair of the Railway Challenge Organising Committee, said:

“We would like to congratulate SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit for an impressive win in this year’s competition against a record number of competitors.

“The judges were impressed with the calibre of design and innovation of all the team’s locomotives, which included the competition’s first ever compressed air piston locomotive from the University of Brunel.

“We were also delighted to host the competition’s first ever non-UK entry from Germany’s FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

Period4 Jul 2017

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  • TitleTeam of nine budding engineers from SNC-Lavalin retains the crown at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge 2017
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