Heritage Railway Association

2019 Awards - Winners and Short Lists


The Manisty Award for Excellence

·         This is the Association’s most prestigious award and is awarded by the Board of the HRA, on an occasional basis, for an exceptional and outstanding contribution to railway preservation – (This award may not necessarily be given every year)

For the 2019 Awards the HRA has decided to present this prestigious Award to the North Eastern Railway 1903 Electric Autocar Trust for their restoration of the Electric Autocar

·         Citation:  For the restoration of the pioneering 1903 NER Autocar, the first railway vehicle to combine an internal combustion engine with a generator and traction motors, and thus the forerunner of all modern trains.

·         This was viewed by many as an impossible engineering project, yet a combination of new build, up cycled components from NIR trains, HSTs, 08s and many more has kept the design of the 'new' bit true to the original design concept.


Winners and short-lists for the 7 HRA Annual awards

 1.     The Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement

Awarded to an HRA member organisation for an outstanding achievement

  • WINNER: Seaton Tramway for their New Seaton Tram Station

  • The International Rail Heritage Consultancy Ltd. for the Channel 4 programme: Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow

  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the Channel 5 program documenting the day to day life of the NYMR

  • The Isle of Wight Steam Railway for the Composite No 10 - The Oldbury Carriage

2.     The Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award

Awarded to an HRA member organisation who has completed an outstanding engineering project in the field of locomotive overhaul, restoration, or preservation

  • WINNER: Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society for the “Train from Spain” project: 'Whillan Beck'

  • Greensand Railway Museum Trust for the Restoration of the 40hp petrol 'Armoured' Simplex WDLR LR2182 (MR 461/1917)

  • Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Historic Vehicle Trust for “Jurassic In the Park”

  • The War Office Hunslet – Unique survivor of Great War – The Moseley Railway Trust

3.     THE LORD FAULKNER Young Volunteer AWARD

Awarded to a volunteer under the age of 26, for significant achievement

  • WINNER: Matthew Wilson of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland·        

  • Ashley Helleur of Bodmin & Wenford Railway

  • Matt Riley and Conner Thornton of Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

  • Matthew Jackson and Matthew Sutton of West Somerset Railway

  • Lee Robbins of West Somerset Railway

4.     HRA Annual Award for Small Groups

Awarded to an HRA member organisation, from the smaller categories of membership, for excellence in developing their business.  (This may be for the HRA member organisation as a whole, a group of its staff or volunteers, or an individual)

  • WINNER: The reinstatement of Truthall Halt at Helston Railway        

  • Leek Brook Station at Churnet Valley Railway

  • World War 1 Armistice Commemoration at the Steeple Grange Light Railway

5.     HRA Annual Award for Large Groups

Awarded to an HRA member organisation, from the larger categories of membership, for excellence in developing their business. (This may be for the HRA member organisation as a whole, a group of its staff or volunteers, or an individual)

  • WINNER: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for Broadway Station

  • The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway for Business Continuity in the Face of Adversity!

  • Friends of Black Prince at North Norfolk Railway

  • Bodmin and Wenford Railway for Partnership Work with the Wider Rail Industry

6.     HRA Award for an Outstanding Visitor Attraction (Small Groups)

Awarded to an HRA member organisation, from the smaller categories of membership, who provides an outstanding visitor experience.

  • WINNER: The Horse Trams on the Isle of Man      

  • Hop-tu-Naa event at the Great Laxey Mine Railway

  • South Tynedale Railway

7.     HRA Award for an Outstanding Visitor Attraction (Large Groups)

Awarded to an HRA member organisation, from the larger categories of membership, who provides an outstanding visitor experience.

  • WINNER: The Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway – for the Cliff Railway Day 2018

  • Talyllyn Railway


Magazine Editors Awards

 Mortons Media (Heritage Railway) Interpretation Award - Robin Jones

  • WINNER: Statfold Barn - For an outstanding museum of international narrow gauge railways and a repository of information and artefacts relating to the Hunslet Engine.

The Railway Magazine Annual Award for Services to Railway Preservation - Chris Milner

  • WINNER: John Bate of Talyllyn - In recognition of more than 65 years of unbroken and unstinting service to the Talyllyn Railway

Mortons Media (Rail Express) Modern Traction Award - Paul Bickerdyke

  • WINNER: North eastern Railway 1903 Electric Autocar Trust

For the restoration of the pioneering 1903 NER Autocar, the first railway vehicle to combine an internal combustion engine with a generator and traction motors, and thus the forerunner of all modern trains.

Steam Railway Magazine Award - Nick Brodrick

  • WINNER: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for Broadway Station


WINNERS AND SHORT-LISTS FOR THE HRA CARRIAGE AND WAGON AWARDS

CARRIAGES SECTION

WINNER

  • Downpatrick and Co. Down Railway for The Belfast and County Down Railway no 72 (a.k.a. the Holywood Railmotor)

HIGHLY COMMENDED

  • Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust - Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway -  (S & D First class 4-compartment 6-wheel carriage No 4.)

  • Churnet Valley Railway for the BR Mk 1 BSK No. 35473 (Disabled access conversion)

WAGONS

JOINT WINNERS

  • Chasewater Railway for their GWR Toad brake van

  • Ffestiniog Railway Society for FfR Sentry brake van no3

HIGHLY COMMENDED

  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway for their rake of 4 coal wagons

SELF PROPELLED

WINNER

  • Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society for the Liverpool Tram no. 245