This year’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge will feature an automatic braking component for the first time, pushing students to create safety systems for next-generation trains.

The 2019 event will see the introduction of a new auto–stop function element to the competition, where participating teams will have to design their locomotive to stop automatically as close as possible to a marked point on the track. Teams will also be required to produce a technical poster to encourage participants to communicate effectively how the principal systems of their locomotive work.

“Introducing an auto-stop element to the competition encourages the next generation of engineers to understand the critical nature of railway safety,” said Professor Simon Iwnicki, chairman of the IMechE Railway Challenge.

Railway Challenge
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“It also gives them practical experience in designing a safety critical system. This new part of the competition will give early-career engineers the experience of designing, building and operating a locomotive which can help to prevent accidents.”