in April 1829, the Liverpool and Manchester railway (L&MR) announce an engine design contest known as the Rainhill Trials. Engineers from across the land were tasked with creating an engine to travel the 1.6 km track, with 5 locomotives entering and on 1 successfully completing the trial. That engine became the famous George Stephenson’s cargo and passenger steam train, known as “The Rocket”. It was from this engine design that most commercial locomotives where then founded.
This momentous event helped to shape the world of train engines that we experience today, and we have been inspired by it. So, in recognition of the incredible design of the Stephenson’s Rocket, we will be hosting the “Rail Nation: Design an engine contest”!
Start date: 20/04/2021, 14:00 CEST (12:00 UTC)
End date: 20/05/2021, 14:00 CEST (12:00 UTC)
1 blank template of a selected era 1 engine, will be available in JPG and PSD files, for the community to download.
You can download the templates below:
The community is tasked with decorating and redesigning one of the available engines, for the 21st century.
Contestants can use any method of decorating these engines:
- Digitally – MS Paint, Photoshop etc.
- Traditional – Physically painting, colouring with pens etc.
- 3D modelling
- Figure painting
Anything that sparks your creativity!
Submissions: You may submit your design by posting your image on the Rail Nation forums or Discord before the competition end date.
Winners and their selection: 3 winners will be selected, globally and not per region. The Community Management Team will choose the 3 best designs from all participants, and the community will then vote on their order (1st, 2nd and 3rd).
Everyone who participates will receive a bonus code for 5 lottery tickets!
Additionally, we'll have 3 winners which will be rewarded as following:
🥇 1st place: 1 bonus engine (Current or previous eras bonus engine of the player's choosing; Primus engine is excluded), 300 gold and 20 lottery tickets.
🥈 2nd place: 250 gold, 15 lottery tickets
🥉 3rd place: 150 gold, 10 lottery tickets
- The designs being submitted must be your own and not the creation of anyone else, except for family members (children etc).
- The community conduct rules still apply to all images submitted to this contest, so please ensure you do not submit any images that break those rules
By participating to this contest, you give your consent to use your image on our platforms (forum, Discord, Facebook page, blog etc.)
Don’t forget, all participants will receive a bonus code for 5 lottery tickets, so don’t miss out!
Put on your engineer cap and reinvent these engines to be the 21st century Rocket!