Engineering challenge

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technical pupils from the Ecclesbourne School in Duffield are to take part in a railway engineering challenge.

They will be among 2,000 13 and 14-year-olds from across the country taking part in the event over the next three months.

The challenge includes devising a system of transporting long loads along a train track with bends and tunnels.

The event aims to highlight important careers for up-and-coming youngsters in the railway industry.

It has been set up by educational charities The Smallpeice Trust and The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, alongside the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering.

Winning teams will then get the chance to present their ideas to a Dragon’s Den-style panel at an event at Derby College that will be hosted by iRail.