THE PETER MANISTY AWARD
Presented to Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway for its new Pages Park terminus and headquarters building.
The Peter Manisty Award is an occasional award which is not awarded annually.
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM - YORK
The Board of the HRA decided to present the National Railway Museum with its highest award 'The Peter Manisty Award' for 'the world class Mallard 75 events inspiring and enhancing widespread interest in our railway heritage'. The presentation took place at the NRM on Thursday 3rd July, 76 years after Mallard set the world speed record for which it is famous. The award was presented by Mark Smith as chairman of the HRA Awards Committee to Paul Kirkman, Director of the National Railway Museum in the presence of staff and volunteers who made the various events happen. The Award would normally have been presented with the HRA Annual Awards in February but it was thought that as the subject was still very much in the public mind, that making the presentation on the earlier date of the anniversary of the speed record was more appropriate.
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM, LONDON UNDERGROUND AND PARTNERS
For the excellent and exhaustive programme of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the world's first underground railway including the successful operation of a complete steam hauled wooden bodied train.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAY
This prestigous award given for an exception contribution to Railway Preservation was given to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for its grim determination in dealing with itsz double landslip disaster including improvements to the line's original construction. It continued to run services in an imaginative way and even continued to progress its extension to Honeybourne.
ANNUAL AWARD (LARGE GROUPS)
NORTH EASTERN LOCOMOTIVE PRESERVATION GROUP & NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY
A tie between North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) for providing a defining backbone of North Eastern steam preservation over 50 years, and the North Norfolk Railway, for extending steam services of the mmain line between two major coastal resorts and extending the boundaries of railway preservation.
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY & ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY (Joint Award)
Jointly presented to Severn Valley Railway for 50 years and stylish half-century celebrations and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, for their imaginative combination of covered storage and an interactive museum and visitor experience centre
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY
In recognition of its operating a shared station with Network Rail which has blazed a trail for other railways to follow and the associated re-signalling at Grosmont using the Falsgrave gantry; the net result being an increase in the trains to Whitby with a boost to the local economy.
In recognition of its completing the long awaited physical link with the national rail network which enhances the profile and business opportunities both on the railway and in the local economy. This enormous task was made possible by the removal, mainly by rail, of a large quantity of landfill waste material.
In recognition of its major transformation of a preservation back-water into a significant tourist attraction for the capital whilst enhancing all its infrastructure and stations including Ongar Station, former terminus of the London Underground Central Line.
ANNUAL AWARD (SMALL GROUPS)
LEADHILLS AND WANLOCKHEAD RAILWAY
The Leadhill and Wanlockhead Railway won the HRA Annual Award (Small Groups), providing essential public transport into their village whilst the highway was closed, saving a 50-mile diversion. Runners up were the Bredgar and Wormshill Railway for the creation of a very appealing collection of working railway and other artefacts beautifully presented and displayed, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for the completion of booking halls at both ends of a complete branch line and Headhunters Barber Shop & Museum for a very individual approach that brings many aspects of the railways of Enniskillen and rural Ireland to life in a working barber shop.
ECCLESBOURNE VALLEY RAILWAY
For the re-opening and operation of their nine-mile rural Derbyshire line. Runner up was Lincolnshire Wolds Railway for their continuing development of the former Great Northern Railway at Ludborough.
JOINTLY AWARDED TO THE MOSELEY RAILWAY TRUST & TO DOWNPATRICK AND COUNTY DOWN RAILWAY.
Moseley Railway Trust - for amassing a unique collection of industrial locomotives, and the re-creation at its Apedale Valley Light Railway of a WW1 trench railway, with appropriate traction and rolling stock as an invaluable educational resource.
Downpatrick & County Down Railway - in recognition of its involvement of young people and its excellent building and museum development.
THE LYNTON AND BARNSTAPLE RAILWAY TRUST
In recognition of it taking a major step forward in its mission to recreate a piece of North Devon transport heritage in its original form with the restoration of three original carriages. This was enhanced by the visit of a Lynton and Barnstaple replica Manning Wardle locomotive in Southern Railway green. "Perchance the L&B is now wide awake!"
BALA LAKE RAILWAY
In recognition of it having recreated, for the first time, a rake of loose coupled Dinorwic Quarry slate wagons and for majoring on the operation of quarry railway Hunslet locomotives, including the repatriation of "Winifred" from Tennessee. Four decades of dogged determination had culminated in a fortieth anniversary gala.
JOHN COILEY AWARD FOR LOCOMOTIVE RESTORATION
The BR Standard 76084 Locomotive Company Ltd, for a painstaking restoration of a no-hope Barry scrapyard loco into a mainline performer. Runners-up were the Darlington Railway Preservation Society for BR Standard 78018, Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust for Sentinel and North Bay Railway for Georgina.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAY (35006 LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY LTD.)
For recognising the provision by the G&WR of facilities that have enabled the 35006 company to restore the Merchant Navy class 'Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Co' to an exceptionally high standard. Runners-up were the North Norfolk Railway (Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society), for the recreation of a Great Eastern Y14 class loco from and LNER J15, and the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland for restoring and returning to traffic a once-plinthed Q Class loco.
MOSELEY RAILWAY TRUST
To acknowledge its funding and restoration of the British built Hudswell Clarke 2ft gauge G class 0-4-0 well tank locomotive 1238 of 1916 and its return to showpiece condition after lying in a in a swamp in Ghana for forty eight years. The locomotive is now part of the fleet running on the Apedale Valley Railway.
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSUEM - YORK
To acknowledge and celebrate the international co-operation and achievement of the transatlantic partners in the movement of the "Dominion of Canada" and "Dwight D
Eisenhower" to take part in Mallard 75. This involved major input from the Friends of the National Railway Museum, the National Railway Museum itself and all the groups whose generosity made this move
possible, particularly haulier MOVERIGHT INTERNATIONAL. This operation would not have been possible without the unstinting support of Exporail: The Canadian Railway Museum and the National Railroad Museum in the USA.
For the restoration of ex-Seaham Harbour steam locomotive "Lewin".
SPECIAL AWARD FOR A MERITORIOUS PROJECT (First Awarded in 2014)
TYSELEY LOCOMOTIVE WORKS
Tyseley Locomotive Works, for the building of a new state of the art locomotive workshop at Tyseley. Runners-up were the Gresley Society, National Railway Museum and St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust.
GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
For their Mountsorrel Branch Line project, a new line which connected the railway with a community heritage Centre. Runners-up were the Bala Lake Railway, for repatriating the locomotive 'Winifred' and returning it to operational quarry locomotive condition.
P2 PRINCE OF WALES PROJECT (P2 Steam Locomotive Company)
For its excellent business case, phenomenal rate of fund raising and early manufacture of components.
MORTON'S MEDIA (HERITAGE RAILWAY MAGAZINE) INTERPRETATION AWARD
SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY
South Devon Railway for the completion of a new yet authentic GWR coountry station at Totnes Riverside, using genuine components from closed stations elsewhere, and thereby providing two meaningful destinations for its services, in the form of Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and the town itself.
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM & YORK THEATRE ROYAL
For an innovative collaboration that joined theatre with live heritage steam, when the Museum acted as a temporary home for the theatre company.
COLONEL STEPHENS MUSEUM AT TENTERDEN TOWN STATION
On the Kent and East Sussex Railway for the continuing magnificent highlighting of a unique dimension of British railway history.
THE PURBECK MINERAL & MINING MUSEUM
For the operation and return to steam of a section of the former extensive narrow gauge mineral tramway network on the Isle of Purbeck, and for the creation of a unique museum devoted to the history and technology of ball clay mining complete with underground mine tunnel and associated rail tracks and rolling stock, in part of the Jurassic Coast which is designated as a World Heritage Site for the richness of its geology. The museum at Norden is not only a valuable education resource in its own right but a quality visitor attraction adjacent to and interacting with the Swanage Railway, a branch over which the extracted clay was shipped out, with the interchange being recreated.
MID SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY
For its recreation of a typical bucolic rural back-water Colonel Stephen's light railway with an authentic back-drop including newly restored locomotive "Wissington".
MORTON MEDIA (RAIL EXPRESS MAGAZINE) MODERN TRACTION AWARD
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY
Severn Valley Railway, for the opening of a dedicated diesel maintenance depot at Kidderminster that will ensure the long-term future of preserved modern traction.
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY
For their diesel locomotive operation, which included 160 days working for their Class 25.
For the overhaul of the prototypes of arguably the most successful form of British traction ever, in the form of the prototype High Speed Train power car, which has recently hauled a production Class 125 set on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham).
CHINNOR AND PRINCES RISBOROUGH RAILWAY
For staging an innovative modern traction event featuring a special reinstatement of a main line connection with through running from Aylesbury and some highly sought after guest locomotives.
For its continued excellence in specialising in the operation of 1970s stock in BR 1970s livery culminating in a significant first of bringing together nine Class 47 Diesel locomotives, approximately ten per cent of the surviving fleet.
THE RAILWAY MAGAZINE ANNUAL AWARD for SERVICES TO RAILWAY PRESERVATION
The Railway Magazine Annual Award for services to railway preservation was given to Tom Tigue, for a substantial contribution to railway preservation that has spanned more than 45 years, focussed around both steam and diesel locomotives.
DAVID WOODHOUSE MBE
In recognition of his remarkable 60-year heritage railways career, which began as a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway, and took him to senior roles across the heritage railways and tourism industry.
For creating from a brown-field site, a magnificent mixed gauge railway enterprise at Statfold Barn, with workshops; plus the repatriation of significant narrow gauge locomotives including the last steam age locomotive built in Britain. Also, for creating an accessible Hunslet archive.
EILEEN CLAYTON MBE
For instigating and helping to run, for twenty one years, a week of activities on the Ffestiniog Railway designed to get young people involved in a heritage railway, thereby providing a valuable example to all heritage railways.
RICHARD (DICK) HARDY
In recognition of his time, knowledge and experience spent in selfless devotion to the heritage railway movement over a great many years.
STEAM RAILWAY MAGAZINE AWARD
THE SOMERSET & DORSET RAILWAY PRESERVATION TRUST & WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNING TEAM
There were joint winners of the Steam Railway Magazine Award. The Somerset and Dorset Railway Preservation Trust and West Somerset Special Event Planning Team for an important railway anniversary - 50 years since the closure of the Somerset & Dorset system - was marked by two events of magnificent quality.
This year there were two winners of this award.
THE GREAT LITTLE TRAINS OF NORTH WALES
(The name used by the judges to describe the Bala Lake railway, Corris Raiwlay, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway , Talyllyn Railway, Vale of Rheidol Railway and the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway.)
The award was made in recognition of the railways' fresh spirit of partnership that in 2015 blossomed into the staging of a series of spectacular narrow-gauge anniversary galas, as well as the flourishing of cooperation in engineering expertise, overhaul contracts, advice-sharing – even swapping locomotives.
ROYAL SCOT LOCOMOTIVE & GENERAL TRUST
For their multi-million pound transformation of the redundant Crew diesel depot, turning it into a first-class overhaul and maintenance base for the fleet of locomotives operated by Jeremy Hosking and the Trust.
The Railway has gone from small beginnings to become a serious national visitor attraction, integrating the industrial legacy with a new tourist passenger operation featuring wonderfully restored rolling stock.
76084 LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY
In recognition of its efforts to return the Riddles 4MT locomotive to steam. It also recognises the significant financial contribution of its partner, the North Norfolk Railway.
DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY SOCIETY
For the rebuilding DHR "B" Class in India.
CARRIAGE & WAGON AWARDS 2015
Severn Valley Railway - GWR Non Descript Saloon 1913
Bluebell Railway - South Eastern & Chatham - Bridcage Brake Lavatory 3rd
Caledonian Railway, Brechin - BR Standard 20T Brake Van B960883
Nene Valley Railway - Swedish Railcar 1212
In addition a commendation was awarded:
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is Commended for its "New Build" Coach No.2 - a Victorian Recreation using modern materials to meet 21st Century standards.
These awards were presented at the HRA Midweek Meetings held at Grand Station, Wolverhampton on Wednesday 11th November 2015.
PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA AWARDS 2015 (based on materital from 2014 or 2015 seasons)
SPECIAL AWARD - BROADCAST MATERIAL
Railway Preservation Society od Ireland - "RPSI 50" - Given in recognition of the RPSI notable achievements in media
London Transport Museum - For clarity, design and informative first page
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway - Clarity of layout, informative and cheerful
IMPROVED MAGAZINE AWARD
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - Massive stride of improvement across all fields. Worthy winner
VISUAL AWARENESS AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH RNIB
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - Combined all aspects of the discipline of producing inclusive media material
Isle of Wight Steam Railway - A stunning example of a magazine that combines excellent layout with entertaining informative content
Tanfield Railway - Wonderful example of use of photography, graphics, text and layout.
These awards were presented at the Autumn Weekend General Meetign at Lynton Town Hall, Devon on Saturday 12th September 2015.