One of the most significant issues within railway preservation is to try and improve signalling whilst at the same time not destroying the infrastructure of the historic line. The 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards, announced in December 2017 at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London, recognised the achievement of two of the country’s leading preserved railways in upgrading their signalling system whilst maintaining their historic ambience. On Saturday 11 August the success of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway was marked by the official unveiling, in the waiting shelter at Levisham station, of the Siemens Signalling Award by Tony Kornas, Head of Engineering at award sponsor Siemens. As noted at the ceremony in December: ‘It is clear that a lot of consideration and a great deal of work, much of it behind the scenes, have gone into this project. It has been very well thought through, designed and executed. The end result is an excellent project that marries tradition with new technology and demonstrates that heritage equipment can be modified to deal with the modern age.’

North Yorkshire Moors Railway signalling project rewarded

The plaque following its unveiling in the waiting room at Levisham station on 11 August with, from left to right, Stephen Sprague, NYMR, Tony Kornas, Head of Engineering at award sponsors Siemens, Nick Milsom, NYMR, Edward Potts, NYMR, David Torbet, NYMR, and Theo Steel, chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards adjudicators.

 

North Yorkshire Moors Railway signalling project rewarded

Levisham – one of the North Yorkshire Moor Railway boxes that were integrated into the revised signalling scheme that won – jointly – the Siemens Signalling Award at 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards.