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HRA AWARDS NIGHT SEES TWO NEW PRIZES, AND NOT ONE, BUT TWO MANISTY AWARD WINNERS.

 11 February 2018

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 HRA Awards Night sees two new prizes, and not one, but two Manisty Award winners.

 Saturday February 10th saw the celebrations surrounding the Heritage Railway Association’s annual awards for 2017. At a gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, attendees were entertained by guest speaker Lord Berkeley, prior to an awards ceremony that recognised the very best of the UK’s heritage rail industry.

The HRA Awards recognise a wide range of achievements and distinctions across the entire heritage railway industry, and the awards acknowledge individuals and institutions as well as railways.

The February 10th event saw the presentation of awards in eleven categories, which included two completely new awards.

The Barrow Hill Roundhouse won the Morton’s Media (Heritage Railways) Interpretation Award, for the conservation and restoration of a once common, but now unique, part of British Railway Heritage and its accessibility to the general public through imaginative interpretation.

The Railway Magazine Annual Award for Services to Railway Preservation was won by Mervyn Allcock, for his vision, drive, determination and passion over a 30 year period culminating in the realisation of the Barrow Hill Roundhouse project.

The East Lancashire Railway Bury Unit Team won the Morton’s Media (Rail Express) Modern Traction Award, for their superb restoration of the last surviving complete class 105 DMU power and trailer car.

The Steam Railway Magazine Award was won by the A1 Locomotive Trust, for reaching out with Tornado, to new and wider audiences through national media and cinema, inspiring them with the first 100mph steam run in half a century, the Settle and Carlisle Plandampf, and the Paddington 2 film.

The HRA Special Award was won posthumously by Bill Askew, for his long and dedicated service to the HRA, most notably as the HRA’s Events Manager.

A new award, the Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement, was won by the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, for the new-build locomotive Lyn and her carriages. Runners-up were the Gwili Railway, for the Abergwili Extension, and the Headhunters Railway Musuem, for marking the 60th anniversary of the closure of railways in Fermanagh.

 The Coiley Award is presented to an HRA member who has completed an outstanding engineering project in the field of locomotive overhaul, restoration or preservation. The 2017 winner was the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, for certification of Tornado for 90 mph running. Runners-up were the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society, for 35028 Clan Line; the North Norfolk Railway, for the major overhaul of 90775; and the Great Central Railway and Bolton Steam Locomotive Group, for the restoration of 73156.

From a strong field of five nominees, the HRA Annual Award (Small Groups) was won by the Glenfinnan Museum, for their unique hands-on introduction to West Highland railway heritage. The four runners-up were the Bahamas Locomotive Society, for their Learning Coach at Ingrow Station; the \Telford |Steam Railway, for their Polar Express event; the Rother Valley Railway, for their new connection at Robertsbridge; and the West Lancashire Light Railway for their 50th anniversary celebrations.

The second of the evening’s two new awards was that for an Outstanding Visitor Attraction. From a shortlist of no less than five candidates, there were two winners: the Beamish Museum, and the Perrygrove Railway. The East Lancashire Railway, the Great Orme Tramway and the Lappa Valley Railway were runners-up.

The HRA Annual Award (Large Groups) was taken by the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, for their new Museum. Runners-up were the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, for Hayles Abbey Halt; and the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, for the innovative level crossing protection system.

The Manisty Award, one of the heritage rail industry’s most prestigious awards is an irregular honour, awarded only when the Judging Committee feel there is a worthy candidate. The evening’s big surprise came when not one, but two, winners were announced: the Swanage Railway, for bringing back passenger services to Wareham, and Whitehead RPSI, for their new museum and engineering facility.

The evening was hosted by Paul Lewin, General Manager of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway. The awards were presented by Lord Faulkner OBE, President of the HRA.

More information:

Contact:  Roger Carey, Carey Communications. 01296 688366 or 07973 873245, or roger.carey@carey-communications.com

Photos can be downloaded from  https://www.hra.uk.com/awards/ Click Pictures of HRA Awards.

Captions for selected photos as follows

(Note: Numbers refer to image file names, not DropBox numbering).

115       Party time at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham, venue for the HRA 2017 Annual Awards Gala Night on February 9th

196       Barrow Hill Roundhouse , winners of  the Morton’s Media (Heritage Railways) Interpretation Award, presented by Robin Jones, Editor.

208       Mervyn Allcock , winner of The Railway Magazine Annual Award for Services to Railway Preservation , presented by Chris Milner, Editor

212       The East Lancashire Railway Bury Unit Team won the Morton’s Media (Rail Express) Modern Traction Award, presented by Paul Bickerdyke, Editor.

229       The Steam Railway Magazine Award was won by the A1 Locomotive Trust, presented by Nick Brodrick.

234       The HRA Special Award was won posthumously by Bill Askew, presented by Lord Faulkner to Bill’s son James.

260       A new award, the Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement, was won by the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, presented by David Morgan.

272       The  A1 Steam Locomotive Trust won the HRA Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award, presented by Lord Berkeley.

278       HRA Chairman Brian Simpson presents the HRA Annual Award (Small Groups) to the winners, the  Glenfinnan Station Museum.

282       The HRA Award for an Outstanding Visitor Attraction was won jointly by the Beamish Museum, and the Perrygrove Railway, presented by  Brian Simpson, HRA Chairman.

290       The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway won The HRA Annual Award (Large Groups), presented by HRA Chairman Brian Simpson.

311       Brian Simpson, HRA Chairman, presents the HRA Manisty Award to two winners: the Swanage Railway, and Whitehead RPSI.

 

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Richard Barnes