Thanks for visiting to take part in our national competition, we’re delighted to have you here.

We want your budding artists or videographers to help us encourage more people to take the train, the greenest form of public transport! You'll win £2500 for your school, and feature in stations across Scotland's Railway.

We all want to look after the planet. Did you know that trains only account for 1.4 percent of transport carbon emissions in the UK, it really is the greenest form of public transport!


We want you to create a one-minute advert, or design a large poster, to tell us why people should take the train. For primary schools, it may help to really go wild and use your imagination – if you were in charge and you could do anything – how would YOU encourage people to take the train?

Alternatively, you may want to look at it from a more scientific angle, or a mixture of both, it’s up to you – we can’t wait to see and hear your ideas. One thing we ask is that it must finish with your reason why people should take the train.

Here’s Alex Hynes, our managing director of Scotland’s Railway, with some advice for you!

The winners

Two primary schools and two secondary schools will win £2500 each to buy media kit for their schools, hopefully you can use this to highlight all your green activities and Net Zero work in the future.

The winning adverts and posters will be used on social media, media releases, shared with our railway stakeholders and shown in our stations in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26.

The winners will also be asked to input to our trespassing campaign for 2021, so another great chance for your school to make an impact.

  • One-minute video shot in landscape at a minimum of 1080 (HD) and saved as an .mp4 file
  • A2 or A3 poster design - in digital format
  • One video or poster entry per school only
  • All entries to be sent to this email address: ScotlandCompetitions@networkrail.co.uk
  • We can accept files via:
    Google Drive, OneDrive, WeTransfer, DropBox or MailBigFile

We will announce the winners on or around Monday, 6 October and then contact the winning schools to make arrangements to award the prizes.

The competition will run until Monday, 20 September at 5pm. The entries will be whittled down to 5 primaries and five secondary schools by a panel of specially selected judges including members of the 6VT Youth Community Rail Partnership and the Scotland’s Railway Stakeholder Panel before going to a public vote on this website to decide the winners.

The winners