APART from the national accolades mentioned in the previous pages, several heritage railways have carried off prestigious awards in the past weeks.
The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway has won a Special Award, for opening its main line interchange station in August, in Railfuture’s seventh annual Rail User Group Awards.
The award was presented to CPRR chairman Danny Woodward at Railfuture’s annual national autumn conference in Reading.
Danny said: “The CPRR is a 100% volunteer operated railway. The award is a fantastic and timely recognition of volunteers’ efforts who have been greatly supported by Chiltern Railways and Network Rail in delivering the project over the last few years.”
Railfuture’s judges were so impressed with the nominations this year that they decided to make two Special Awards.
The other went to West Coast Railways, which was recognised for launching its special locomotive-hauled ‘Lakelander’ service over the Windermere branch. In two weeks in June when Northern withdrew all its services, West Coast carried 17,000 passengers.
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