Today we had our first team meeting for the Railway Challenge 2019.
There were some students and again our two apprentices from Reuschling. We have formed working teams and worked out a project plan and of course we have two new team leaders: Lukas and Robin. Congratulations! So the next challenge can come!


The weekend at the DMG was interesting for Emma and her companions.

Of course we hope for new sponsors, so if you are interested in booking a sponsoring package, please contact Raphael Pfaff. You can find the contact in the imprint.

And if you still don’t know what we’re doing, take a look at this year’s video:

DMG Annual Conference 2018

The DMG (Deutsche Maschinentechnische Gesellschaft) is currently holding its annual conference in Cottbus. Emma arrived with a few team members and is now promoting the project and herself.

Here you can see how she just arrived at the hotel.

Further information about the DMG and the annual conference 2018 can be found here.

TNT 2018

Over the long weekend the ‘Tierisch netten Tage’ (TNT), the first semester trip of Faculty 8 of the FH Aachen, took place. In addition to getting to know their fellow students and professors outside the university, the students also had to solve various problems.

Emma lent two sets of wheels for the task of the study programme. You can see what was done with them here:

Last meeting before Railway Challenge

We just had our last team meeting before the challenge.

Beside the short discussion of the test drive, we discussed what we still have to do for England. Many things are already going well and above all much better than last year, but there is still a lot to be done. For example, the Twitterbot is not yet ready, or the front lamps are not yet soldered. But that’s no problem for the start to England.

But now we have a plan what we want to do before departure. Tomorrow the fuel cell will be put into operation, the energy recovery display programmed and the tools for the wheelset change ready. Next week we want to put the system into operation on site.

But we also finished the food planning for England and planned tasks for departure and food shopping. That means the tension on the challenge and the joy on it increases.

Full success on the third test drive

Last Wednesday a part of the team went to Bad Schussenried again.
Apart from the wonderful Schussenried beer there is also our 10 1/4″ – test track of the SEV Kürnbach and we wanted to make sure for the last time that our Emma works until the Challenge and that we will start in England this year.

So it started for us on Wednesday afternoon in Aachen and we arrived shortly before 1am at our hotel. The next morning we went on the track. Unloading, commissioning, testing.

Overall, we were better on schedule than last time, but there is still room for improvement. However, the atmosphere was particularly good during the necessary one-hour test drive in the evening. Emma was driving, we had no software or hardware problems and no hot runners were detected.

In the evening we went to the Bad Schussenrieder Bierkrugmuseum for dinner before going back to bed and before returning to Aachen on Friday morning. You can also watch a short video of all our test drives here:

To a new one!

After the last few days there was rather little activity here, we are finally moving on. There are still 2 weeks to go until the Railway Challenge and the preparations are in full swing.

Today we start again to Kürnbach and tomorrow we will test the whole day again. After that, hopefully everything will work and all we have until the challenge is cosmetic corrections and easy-to-solve challenges.

You can of course join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook during the trip and of course you will also get a report on how it went.

Small loco on, well, small tour!

Meanwhile Emma obtained some of the good properties of a Volkswagen, it simply runs and runs and runs! This is the GPS track of three laps on the Bad Schussenried park railway: And promised: we will soon post updates, including one further derailment!

Stammtisch - regular's table

Yesterday was our first regular table. As all our regulars’ tables will stand at some point, he also stood under the motto: “Screw, grill, beer”.
However, the safety briefing took place directly before and the motivation to work on Emma at 8 pm was low, so only the new grill was screwed together and when lighting it was immediately shown what was learned in the safety briefing 😉

Nobody was hurt and we had a nice evening.

We also had a visit from our newly “founded” friends and supporters association, which has a lot of nonsense in the future.


Is there a better word for “Stammtisch” than regular’s table?