The restored station at Scruton on the Wensleydale Railway is no stranger to winning awards; it gained the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards in 2015. However, due to the low level of the station platform at the restored station, it was impossible for trains to serve the station and so passengers could only admire the work from the passing trains. In order to provide suitable platform accommodation, the railway undertook a project to provide a new wooden platform extension, based upon original North Eastern Railway designs. The successful completion of the project was marked by the railway being awarded the London Underground Operational Enhancement Award at the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards, when they were announced on Wednesday 6 December at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. The plaque was officially unveiled at Scruton station on Wednesday 12 September in the presence of Lady Judy McAlpine and Edmund Bird from Transport for London.

 

Scruton platform extension gains award

The plaque at Scruton following its unveiling on 12 September 2018 with, from left to right, Dave Walker, Wensleydale Railway project manager, David Harrison, Wensleydale Railway platform designer, Lady Judy McAlpine, Edmund Bird, Heritage Adviser for sponsors Transport for London, Steve Davies, Wensleydale Railway director, and Theo Steel, one of the NRHA’s trustees.

Scruton platform extension gains award

The completed platform extension at Scruton with the original station seen in the distance adjacent to the level crossing.