Top awards for Wensleydale, Bluebell, North Yorkshire Moors and Kirkby Stephen East


ONE of the smallest stations in the heritage sector has just scooped a second major award.

Earlier this year, the Wensleydale Railway’s Scruton station, which reopened only three years ago following a £180,000 restoration, was named as joint winner of the British Museum Marsh Trust Volunteers in Learning Award, for the heritage education programme at its tiny railway museum.

The superbly restored canopy at Wemyss Bay. BRIAN SHARPE

Having secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015, local volunteers worked to research and redisplay the station as it was in 1916, creating an authentic First World War period setting for a programme of curriculum-linked school visits.

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For long neglected, Scruton station on the Wensleydale Railway has now won two national awards in a year. NRHA

The station has now carried off the London Underground Operational Enhancement Award in the National Railway Heritage Awards, held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London’s Threadneedle Street on December 6.

The latest award was made for the restoration of the station’s NER platform extension.

The Stainmore Railway’s World of Water project to provide a functioning NER water tower, water crane and an educational area at Kirkby Stephen East station took the Contractors Restoration Award. The educational exhibits explain why engines need water and explains the technologies that delivered it.

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