Each year at the National Railway Heritage Awards there is one award — sponsored by Stagecoach — that goes to the entry received in that year’s competition that has the most significant contribution by volunteers.

For the 2016 competition, the winners of which were announced at the award ceremony held at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London on 7 December 2016, the Stagecoach Award went to the volunteers of the Severn Valley Railway for their work in restoring and upgrading the station at Arley.

Thursday 21 September 2017 saw members of the National Railway Heritage Awards committee attend the official unveiling of the plaque at the station by John Ellis, Chairman of the NRHA, and Ian Latimer, stationmaster at Arley. In their speeches both paid tribute to the considerable work of the volunteers in making the station and its garden so attractive.

It was good to see so many volunteers present both from Arley and also from Bewdley, where the restoration of the island platform canopy had been shortlisted for another award.

The Thursday was the preview day for the Severn Valley’s Autumn Steam Gala and, despite the inclement weather, there were already a significant number of visitors enjoying themselves.

 

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John Ellis, on the left, Chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, and Ian Latimer, Stationmaster, following the unveiling of the plaque at Arley on Thursday 21 September 2017.

 

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The impressive line-up of volunteer staff at Arley; the station is a wonderful example of the success of preserved railways in recreating the ambience of the steam railway. Both Ian Latimer and John Ellis in their speeches paid tribute to the hard work of all the volunteers in the gaining the award.

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The station at Arley — a superb example of what can be achieved largely by the work of volunteers.