Heritage railways honoured with national awards

Three heritage railways have been honoured in this year’s National Rail Heritage Awards.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard presented the 2016 National Railway Heritage Awards at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Wednesday, December 7.

The Arley station facelift completed. PHILIP CHATFIELD

The Supporters’ Award for the best small project entered in the competition went to the New Glyn Valley Tramway & Industrial Heritage Trust for its conservation and restoration of the original Glyn Valley Tramway locomotive shed at Glyn Ceiriog.

Volunteer input is essential for the successful completion of many structural projects on heritage railways, a factor recognised by the Stagecoach Volunteers Award.

This year it went to the Severn Valley Railway plc for its ongoing work in bringing its Arley station back to its pristine condition.

Heritage railways often achieve effective signalling by using redundant structures and equipment from the national system; such was the case with the Bluebell Railway with its new Kingscote signalbox and signalling, the judges decided.

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