The National Railway Heritage Awards honour the work done on a wide range of railway buildings; this can run from the massive schemes for major termini through to small wayside halts. One area that the awards have always highlighted is the important role of the volunteer in preservation and conservation. There is one award made annually as part of the NRHA that is specifically targeted to support projects where there has been a significant contribution from volunteers. In the 2015 competition, the worthy winner of this award was the waiting room constructed by the Mid-Hants Railway to serve the up platform at Ropley. On 2 June 2016 the plaque awarded for the project at the ceremony held in London on 2 December 2015 was officially unveiled by Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Stagecoach’s UK Rail Division, the sponsors of the award. The building, although newly constructed, incorporated elements recovered from other ex-London & South Western Railway stations, a facet that was highly regarded by the award’s judges and adjudicators.
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