The Bradford Challenge Competition

January 28, 2024
Filed under: Future Events, Northcliff 

Saturday 8th June 2024, 13:00 – 16:00 at Northcliff Railway

An Afternoon of Speed & Fun
Every year, our members build locomotives that are designed to compete in a time trial around our miniature raised track in Northcliff Woods, Shipley. This has evolved into “The Bradford Challenge” for which, as a local model engineering society/college/school, you are cordially invited to join.

We believe that this challenge offers an excellent opportunity for your students/members to design and build a bespoke high-speed locomotive that will compete to see who can circumnavigate the track twice, in the shortest time, whilst staying firmly on the rails!

Each locomotive is an excellent project in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, which could be part of a student’s curriculum or just a fun model to make.

To give as much opportunity as possible and to cater for all levels of expertise and pockets, we will split them into three classes of locomotive:

  • “Ducted fan(s) or Propellers”
  • “Wheel-driven”
  • “All-comers”, a class for the innovative or just plain fun locomotive, such as “Shaun the Sheep” on the right:


We would also like to attract young engineers to the modelling world. We plan, therefore, to run a ‘Junior Section’ for anyone 16 years or younger. To help them get started, we will provide a basic kit of parts, including wheels and an electric motor.

For a locomotive’s eye view of our track, please see the video at

For further details and guidelines, please see this leaflet The Bradford Challenge Invitation – Jan2024


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