The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has announced that they have picked up two major awards at the Heritage Railway Association awards ceremony.
The ceremony was held in Birmingham on Saturday 9th February 2019.
Both awards were for the achievement of extending the railway to Broadway and construction of a brand new station, which opened in March 2018.
The Awards were: the Heritage Railway Association’s top Annual Award for large groups; and the Steam Railway magazine Award, chosen by readers of the magazine from a ‘short list’ of 10 nominations.
The Steam Railway award was presented by magazine editor Nick Brodrick and the HRA annual award by Pete Waterman OBE, guest speaker at the celebration who is also GWSR’s president.
Richard Johnson, volunteer chairman of GWSR Plc accepted the awards on behalf of the volunteers who had extended the railway.
The awards comprised a glass Steam Railway trophy and a large brass plaque for the Annual Award which will permanently be displayed at Broadway station.
The GWSR has also recently won the SME News 2019 Transport Awards for South-West England ‘Tourist Attraction of the Year’ and an award from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Gloucestershire) for the reinstatement of Hayles Abbey Halt.
What did the officials say?
Richard Johnson said:
“This is a wonderful testament to the volunteers who have, over the past decade, recreated a country railway station in a beautiful Cotswold village, that saw its last train back in 1960,”
“Not only that, the opening of Broadway station boosted the railway’s passenger numbers during 2018, by 44% to more than 144,000.
“I pay tribute to every single volunteer on the GWSR. I feel very proud of all that they have achieved and to be part of the extraordinary unfolding story of the our beautiful 14-mile Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway railway. It is a considerable honour to collect these prestigious Awards on their behalf and I am humbled by this national recognition of what we have achieved.”
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