IMechE Railway Challenge 2020

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Stapleford Miniature Railway

Stapleford Miniature Railway

Melton Mowbray

LE14 2SF

United Kingdom

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You are invited to be part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Challenge competition. This event showcases the culmination of locomotive building skills, expertise, knowledge, and business acumen of 15 participating teams of undergraduate students, industry apprentices and young professionals.

The challenge, now in its ninth successive year, has and will continue to bring together teams, officials, volunteers, industry partners and the general public to a weekend filled with miniature (10¼” gauge) railway locomotives. They have been built to a set of strict rules and a detailed technical specification over the past 9-10 months and will now be tested live. Several categories of winners and an overall Railway Challenge champion will be crowned at the event.

Participating teams are:

  1. FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences and Reuschling

  2. Bombardier Transportation

  3. University of Huddersfield

  4. Poznań University of Technology

  5. Ricardo Rail

  6. Transport for London

  7. South Western Railway

  8. Newcastle University

  9. University of Birmingham

  10. Brunel University (London)

  11. Queen Mary University of London

  12. University of Sheffield

  13. University of Warwick

  14. Network Rail

  15. Lenz Ltd

For more information about the competition please visit and follow us on:



#imecherailwaychallenge #RC2020

Note: Spectator trains will run on Sunday, 28 June.

Please bring your printed ticket to the event.

The Event Schedule:


Getting to the event:

The postcode for satnavs is LE14 2SF

This should bring you down Stapleford Lane towards Stapleford Hall off the B676 Melton to Saxby road. Go over the railway bridge and carry on into a single carriageway. Go over the humpback bridge and past the old farmhouses on your left. The main entrance to the field is the double gates on the left.

NB: If you find yourself at the entrance to Stapleford Hall (the hotel), please retrace your steps. The railway cannot be accessed from Stapleford Hall.

Best vantage point

The best vantage point for the track-based challenges will be on Sunday 30 June at The Haven. Trains will be running between the Station and the Haven. The hourly timetable will be available at the registration desk. Spectators will also be able to walk down to The Haven, which takes approximately10 minutes from the Station building. This walk is across fields and it is recommended that you dress accordingly, including suitable footwear.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age. No ID required.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available on site. Once through the gates, continue up the track and park on the grass on the left as per demarcation on the map.

What can I bring to the event?

Spectators will be able to purchase hot beverages and snacks from the catering van on site between 08.00 and 16.00 on both days. No complimentary catering will be provided by the IMechE and the caterers accept cash payments only. The catering van will be situated by the Station building on Saturday (the Haven on Sunday).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please.

Can I update my registration information?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If the information is updated on your registration, yes.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. It is important that we know who is on site at any given point.

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United Kingdom

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