Deborah Trebinski

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death from cancer on 3 June of NRHA Awards Manager Deborah Trebinski, BSc (Hons) at the early age of 58.

After a career as an architect and project manager specialising in the construction and restoration of railway infrastructure, Deborah joined NRHA in 2004 as Awards Manager, and the continued success of the annual Awards ceremony is due in no small way to her organisational skills. Deborah also brought her skills to bear as a judge of entries all over the United Kingdom, and her expertise and architectural knowledge was used to good effect. Deborah was taken ill in the latter part of 2015, and despite her problems, managed the 2015 Awards ceremony, perhaps the most successful yet. She bore her illness with courage and humour, managing to attend Committee Meetings under great strain, but with her input as valid as ever. Despite her failing health she was able to attend the plaque unveiling held at Grosmont on Saturday 16 April.

She will be sorely missed, and our sympathies go out to her partner John and son James.


We are the only Awards body dedicated to encouraging and rewarding best practice in the restoration and continued upkeep of our rich heritage of railway and tramway buildings and structures.

The Awards began in 1979 and initially focused on the then youthful heritage railway preservation movement. Privatisation in the 1990’s saw substantial investment in the infrastructure of the national rail network. Entries from the national sector now form a substantial part of the Awards.

The Awards became an independent Trust in 2004;  their charitable status was confirmed by the Charity Commission in December 2006

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