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StrongWomen Science to Headline Future Engineers at the National Railway Museum

Future Engineers returns with a new programme of free activities and shows to inspire the next generation of young engineers.

Among headline acts appearing for the first time will be ‘StrongWomen Science’, an explosive mix of science and circus performances.

After juggling liquid, balancing chairs and eating fire, ‘StrongWomen’ Aoife (an engineer) and Maria (an environmental scientist), will reveal the science behind their tricks with pre-bookable circus skills workshops.

Also headlining for the first time will be ‘Bonkers Science’—where inventor and teacher, Will Caro, conducts live experiments with everything from leaf blowers and wheelie chairs to helicopters and parachutes.

The theme for 2019 is ‘forces’ and families visiting Future Engineers can also enjoy pop-up science shows and activities such as the chance to make a parachute.

Future Engineers begins on Saturday 26 October and more than 20,000 people from across the region are expected to take part.

Rachael Bevan, Learning and Events Manager at the National Railway Museum, said: “Future Engineers is all about having fun through events and activities while learning that engineering is relevant to everyone. Budding engineers can investigate how to solve problems to create more efficient engines, faster tracks and deeper tunnels and even learn some circus skills.

“As well as welcoming some exciting new performers this year, we have strong representation from the rail industry. It is vitally important that we work with industry to promote engineering in an accessible way to break down misconceptions and outdated stereotypes that can act as barriers to developing future engineering careers.”

More than 50 engineers from the rail industry including sponsors Angel Trains, Eversholt Rail, Network Rail and Porterbrook will be attending to help promote engineering. Half of all engineers taking part will be women, to highlight a continuing need for greater representation in the industry.

Visitors will be able to take part in the game show ‘Engineer Like Me’ as well as finding out more about the latest innovation and technology from the UK’s biggest rail projects.

For the first time in 2020, Future Engineers will return to the National Railway Museum in May half term as well as October. The May event will be themed around ‘Making’ and will focus on curious contraptions and their inventors. In 2020 Future Engineers will also take place at other Science Museum Group sites in Manchester and Shildon.

Since the first Future Engineers launched in 2016, the programme has reached an estimated 100,000 young people and families. Last year the event was an important part of the Government’s ‘Year of Engineering’ which aimed to develop future engineering talent.

According to EngineeringUK’s research, the country needs 203,000 skilled recruits each year until 2024, yet only one third of parents know what an engineer does.

Kevin Tribley, CEO at Angel Trains said: “We are incredibly proud to continue sponsoring the hugely successful Future Engineers 2019 event. Angel Trains is dedicated to educating and empowering young people to pursue a career in engineering. STEM development programmes, such as Future Engineers, are vital to ensure the future prosperity of the rail industry and the UK as a whole. We are committed to encouraging future talent to engage with STEM development, which will drive innovation in the sector for years to come.”

Mary Kenny, CEO at Eversholt Rail said: “Since 2016, we have sponsored the National Railway Museum’s Future Engineers programme. It is vital that the railway industry works together to attract the younger generation into the industry and these events provide an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the opportunities and benefits of being an engineer in the UK rail sector.”

Elizabeth Kelk, Project Leader for Network Rail, said: “Encouraging and inspiring young people from all backgrounds to explore the world of engineering and the opportunities on offer is hugely important for the future of the rail industry. Future Engineers is a really fun and engaging way for young people to get involved in engineering and we are proud to support it.”

The National Railway Museum is open 10am to 6pm, admission and most Future Engineers activities are free, although some activities must be booked in advance – see here for details:


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Notes to Editors 

About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform and costume, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs
  • The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free, for more information visit:

About Angel Trains

  • Angel Trains is one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies and has been an owner and lessor of rolling stock since 1994. The company leases to 18 franchised operators and two open access operators in the UK.
  • Angel Trains is passionate about financing and delivering high quality, modern assets to its customers and is committed to working with the Government, the Rail Delivery Group ("RDG") and other stakeholders to provide innovative funding solutions to modernise and improve the UK's train fleet.
  • Angel Trains has invested £5.0 billion in new rolling stock and refurbishment programmes since 1994 and is one of the largest private investors in the industry.
  • Visit:

About Eversholt UK Rails Group

  • Eversholt UK Rails Group owns UK passenger and freight rolling stock and has more than 20 years of experience in through-life rolling stock asset and project management.
  • Over the past two decades, it has invested more than £3bn in rolling stock and today is a supplier to many of the UK’s leading Train Operating Companies.
  • Further information can be obtained on

About Porterbrook

  • Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited ("Porterbrook") is a leading participant in the rail leasing market and has a rolling stock fleet of around 6,000 vehicles on lease or on order, which includes over 4,000 passenger vehicles.
  • Since privatisation, Porterbrook has invested over £3bn in the UK rail market. The company is looking to invest a further £1bn in Britain’s railway over the next five years.
  • Porterbrook has successfully introduced over 2,500 new vehicles into passenger service. The company continues to invest across its existing fleets to ensure they remain attractive to operators and passengers. Porterbrook also provides ongoing train maintenance services.

In October 2014, the Porterbrook Group of companies was acquired by a consortium of investors including Alberta Investment Management Corporation (“AIMCo”), Allianz Capital Partners (“ACP”) on behalf of certain insurance companies of the Allianz Group, EDF Invest and a consortium of UTA/RBS/TIF