The plaque awarded to the Bluebell Railway for the careful restoration of the signalbox at Kingscote and its associated signalling equipment has been formally unveiled on the railway. The ceremony was held on 3 May 2017. Overcast skies and a slight drizzle in the wind did not stop an enthusiastic ceremony at Kingscote. A nice touch was the small lever that was ‘pulled off’ by Peter Duggan, the sponsor’s Siemens’ Chief Engineer, to unveil the plaque. He and the other guests were welcomed by Graham Aitkin, Bluebell Railway chairman, with John Ellis, chairman, responding on behalf of the National Railway Heritage Awards. In all some 37 observed the ceremony, including 30 Bluebell personnel, many of who were involved with the railway’s S&T Department. It was a great turnout for a very well deserved award.

The award was announced officially by Paul Maynard MP, Transport Minister, at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on 7 December 2016. The award recognised the success of the Bluebell Railway in restoring the box and in installing the ex-Clapham Junction Westinghouse Style L miniature lever frame as part of the scheme to connect the railway to the Network Rail at East Grinstead.

 

KINGSCOTE PLAQUE UNVEILED

Peter Duggan, Chief Engineer of sponsor Siemens, pulls the small lever that officially unveiled the plaque at Kingscote station on 3 May 2017.

KINGSCOTE signalbox

The fully restored signalbox at Kingscote on the Bluebell Railway – the well-deserved winner of the Siemens Signalling Award at the 2016 National Railway Heritage Awards.