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Multiple Awards at the Heritage Railway Association ceremony

Team 4079 at the HRA Awards on 19 March, left to right Chris Handby, Leigh Drew, Drew Fermor, Harry Pettit and Richard Croucher with the Steam Railway Magazine Award

THe GWS was delighted to win two awards, and to be a runner-up in a third category at the annual Heritage Railway Association awards ceremony held at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on 19th March 2022. The awards were presented by well known TV presenter and railway enthusiast Tim Dunn.

The first award, sponsored by Heritage Railway magazine, was given in recognition of 60 years of excellence in amassing and providing access to the Society's ever-expanding collection of exhibits, These range from locomotives and rolling stock to small relics and a photographic archive and are thought to represent the largest collection of items relating to any one railway company in the world. The award also reflects the achievements of the Education Team, our guides, re-enactors and operational staff for the quality of their interaction with our visitors.  Also mentioned are such individual attractions as The Signalling Centre and the air raid shelter.

The second award was the Steam Railway Magazine Award which is the only one of the HRA awards voted for by the public. Voting took place over the course of two weeks in February. This award was given for the repatriation and restoration to working order of Castle Class locomotive - No. 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’.

4079 Project Manager, Drew Fermor commented that “I am both amazed and humbled to say that you, the public, declared our restoration of Pendennis Castle to be the winner! It is an amazing honour to have any award from the HRA but to know that this one was voted for by the general public makes it all the more special to us”.

The GWS also received a ‘runners-up’ award in the Large Groups category in respect of last year's 60th Anniversary celebrations.

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