GWR Celebrates Another Top Win (HRA Award)
01 February 2004
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) has won the top
accolade of the heritage railway movement with the Heritage Railway
Association's (HRA) Annual Award. This follows the Ian Allan
Independent Railway of the Year Award, won by the GWR in
Presented at the HRA's annual awards ceremony in Peterborough,
on Saturday 31st January, it recognises 'outstanding contribution
to railway preservation'.
The award trophy - a magnificent coat of arms that once
decorated the locomotive of the royal train on the London, Brighton
& South Coast Railway - was accepted by Bob Stark, chairman of
the GWR from Dame Margaret Weston DBE, President of the HRA.
The trophy is loaned by the National Railway Museum and will be
held by the GWR for a year.
Comments John Jeffrey, chairman of the HRA awards committee:
"The GWR was a clear winner this year," he says. "The judges were
impressed with the high standard of work put in on the railway's
three-mile extension from Gotherington to Cheltenham Racecourse and
for restoration of Cheltenham Race Course station itself, which was
opened by HRH The Princess Royal in April last year.
"What we thought particularly praiseworthy was that all this was
achieved entirely by volunteers. Indeed the railway is entirely
volunteer-run which, for a major undertaking like this, is
At the award ceremony a delighted Bob Stark said: "This award
means an enormous amount to our volunteers and it crowns our
best-ever year. That we have been chosen out of hundreds of worthy
heritage railway projects by representatives of the preservation
movement itself is especially rewarding."
This win represents a remarkable double for the GWR. In December
the railway won the Ian Allan Independent Railway of the Year
Award. The historic HRA trophy will be on display to the public at
Toddington station during the 2004 season.
The Heritage Railway Association represents
the interests of the heritage railway movement in the UK.
Membership is made up of heritage railways and other railway or
locomotive and rolling stock preservation organisations, railway
research and archive groups and individuals who have an interest in
Britain's rich railway history.
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Principal HRA awards
- Heritage Railway Association Annual Award 2003
- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for its three mile extension
from Gotherington to Cheltenham Racecourse and restoration of the
- Heritage Railway Association Annual Award for
Small Groups - Llangollen Railway for its restoration of the sole
remaining Wickham diesel multiple unit to its condition as built in
- John Coiley Award for Locomotive Preservation
- restoration of Beattie well tank locomotive no. 298, built in
1874 for the London & South Western Railway. The Award is
jointly won by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, which obtained
funding for the restoration, and the National Railway Museum, which
owns the locomotive