Awards and Loans

The Trust offers financial assistance to individuals or groups to carry through restoration or improvement projects to completion. The Trust also invites enquiries about sponsoring one or more Awards.

The Trust awards its premier trophy to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of transport heritage preservation in a specific year, or which has culminated in a specific year. The winner holds for a year a silver model of SS Great Britain, since the award was inspired by the achievement of Sir Jack Hayward in returning the vessel from the Falklands to Bristol.

Preservationist of the Year 2017

Dan Cross - The Daniel Adamson was built by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead in 1903, and named the Ralph Brocklebank. She was ordered by the ShropshireUnion Railways & Canal Company to tow long strings of barges to Liverpool. She also carried passengers between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool.After the First World War, canal traffic continued...

This award recognises the achievements of young people (under the age of 20) in the field of restoration. The winner receives a cheque for £500.

Young Preservationist of the Year 2017

Michael Allen is a 19 year old trainee aircraft engineer. He has been with ATSO Engineering at Sywell Aerodrome, Brackley for nearly three years and has becomea key part of the team restoring the prototype Beagle Pup light aircraft, G-AVDF, which after being stored for more than 40 years, is hoped will fly in June 2017, on the 50th anniversary...

Restoration Awards

Apply for a Restoration Award
These Awards, shown in no particular order, specifically assist preservation projects that are underway but not completed. Applicants need to show that some progress has already been made, that there is a clear and costed future plan and a realistic likelihood of completion within 12 months of the application being made. Applications will assessed on the basis of rarity, technical historic or social significance, quality of workmanship, proportion of work being carried out by applicant, originality of design and materials. in addition The Trust needs to be satisfied that, after restoration, the item will be seen and enjoyed at reasonable intervals by the general public and that, as far as is reasonably foreseeable, the item is not destined for the market place and will be retained by the restoring owner/s. Infrastructure projects will not be considered for this award scheme.

Restoration Awards 2017

Tim Moore of Sandy, Bedfordshire - Merryweather Airship Construction Ladder Awarded for therestoration of a huge, specialised, Merryweather ladder, used in the construction of the RAW R101 airship at Cardington, during the 1920s. This unique, approximately ninety year old contraption is the only known remaining example of the six to ten...

The Trust acknowledges that exceptional achievements are built upon and sustained for the long term by the ongoing efforts of a vast army of supporters and volunteers. This award recognises such long term dedication.

Lifetime Achievement Awards 2017

Mark Walden Mark Walden joined The Mid Hants Railway’s Watercress Line in its earliest days in 1973 and joined the locomotive restoration group. He was employed as an engineer with the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, and very usefully was getting components made for the railway by RAE apprentices.He later joined the...


The Transport Trust makes loans to groups, associations and individuals at advantageous rates for the restoration of artefacts - whether mobile or part of the infrastructure.  Applications must be supported by a simple business plan which demonstrates the financial viability of the project. A sample business plan is available on request from the Treasurer.


The Trust does occasionaly make Awards for schemes which further the preservation movement. Again if you wish further information please contact the Treasurer.


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