One of the more unusual winners at the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards, announced in December 2017, was the Stainmore Railway Co for its excellent work in reconstructing a water tower and column at Kirkby Stephen East station. Drawing upon elements recovered from other sites – the brickwork from the derelict station at Barras, the water tank from Wharram and a water column that came from near Northallerton via the North Norfolk railway – this ambitious project was the worthy winner of the Contractors Award at the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards when they were announced in December 2017. The plaque was officially unveiled on the railway on Friday 15 June 2018.

KIRKBY STEPHEN WATER TOWER REWARDED

The unveiling of the plaque at Kirkby Stephen drew a large number of NRHA committee members to the event; from the left are Malcolm Wood, Gavin Johns, Mike Stanbury, Tony Tomkins, Chris Smyth and Robert Hayward.

KIRKBY STEPHEN WATER TOWER REWARDED

The restored water tank and base at Kirkby Stephen station.