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.

Ropley Waiting Room

The plaque unveiled at Ropley on 2 June 2016 with, from left to right, Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Stagecoach’s UK Rail Division, Andy Savage, Director of the Railway Heritage Trust and Trustee of the National Railway Heritage Awards, Steve Crowther, Chair of the Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society, and Adrian Crease, architect of the building.