MARK WILD PRESENTS 2017 AWARDS

Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, presented the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on 6 December.

The Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award was made to the Station House Community Connection for the restoration of the former station house at Wickham Market.

The Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award, recognising the best use of traditional craft skills in the restoration of a building or structure, was awarded to Mykanada Ltd for the restoration of the Northern Pavilion at the Grade I listed Huddersfield station and its careful reuse as a public house.

The Urban Heritage Award, sponsored by MTR Crossrail, was made to Greater Anglia for the operator’s work across a number of stations within its franchise, in particular for the repair of the roundels and other work completed at Cambridge station.

This year’s Contractors Award was made to the Stainmore Railway Co Ltd for the recreation of a steam era water crane and tank at Kirkby Stephen East station.

The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to the Wensleydale Railway Association Trust for the sympathetic extension to the existing platform at Scruton station to make it compatible with the operation of preserved railway services.

The Supporters Award was given to Euston Tap Ltd for the work undertaken in reintroducing windows to the East and West Lodges at Euston station in London.

The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the best restored structure supported by funding from the Trust was won by Network Rail for the restoration of Pantyffynnon station on the Central Wales line.

The Stagecoach Volunteers Award was made to the Yarrows Heritage Trust for the restoration of Thrumster station on the long closed line between Wick and Lybster in northern Scotland.

The Siemens Signalling Award was made to two of the country’s leading preserved railways. The Bluebell Railway received its award for work undertaken in expanding the capacity of the existing box at Horsted Keynes whilst the North Yorkshire Moors Railway was rewarded for the work completed on the signalling between Goathland and New Bridge.

The award for the best overall entry in this year’s competition went to Network Rail Scotland for the dramatic changes achieved at Wemyss Bay in Scotland where an impressive partnership has seen the station restored to its original Caledonian Railway splendour.