” A competition to recognise, acknowledge and reward, for the public benefit, the very best in re-use, restoration and conservation of our historic railway infrastructure. “

We are the only Awards body dedicated to encouraging and rewarding best practice in the re-use, restoration and continued upkeep of our rich heritage of railway and tramway buildings and structures.

The Awards began in 1979 and was initially focused on the heritage railway preservation movement. Since Privatisation in the 1990’s, the Awards have broadened to encompass the infrastructure of the national rail network and entries from the national sector now form a substantial part.

The Awards are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO): as an independent Trust our charitable status was originally confirmed by the Charity Commission in December 2006.

The Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.
For more information about the Sponsors, please click on “The Awards” section and the Sponsors’ link at the top of this page.

Supported by the Railway Industry

Railway Heritage Trust
Heritage Railway Association
Heritage Railway Association
Heritage Railway Association
The Arch Co

Superb Restoration at Folkestone Harbour celebrated

On Friday 7 June, in front of the Mayor of Folkestone, Councillor Abena Akuffo-Kelly, members of the local community and representatives of the Folkestone Docks and Harbour and of the National Railway Heritage Awards, the plaque was formally unveiled by Richard Turner, Head of Asset Management for Greater Anglia, and Sir Roger de Haan CBE, chairman of Folkestone Docks and Harbour.

Success of National Highways’ Westfield project marked

A ceremony, in the presence of Andy Savage, chairman of the NRHA, and Helen Rossiter, Head of Programme for the Historical Railways Estate, was held on the morning of Wednesday 5 June on the viaduct itself to mark the structure’s success in the 2023 competition.

Stirling work rewarded

On Tuesday 4 June, the plaque awarded to Network Rail and Story Contracting for the restoration of the ex-Caledonian Railway viaduct over the River Forth was officially unveiled by Gavin McFarland on behalf of Translink, the sponsors of the award.

2024 Awards Timetable

Entries: closing date Friday 31st May 2024

Judging: June – August

Adjudication: September

Shortlisted Entries notification: October

Award Invitations dispatched: November

Awards ceremony: Wednesday 4th December 2024