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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 2018

Association of Rootes Car Clubs and the Rootes Archive Centre Trust Our Preservationist of the Year Award this year is unusual in that it recognises the preservation not of a vehicle but of an archive of precious information and drawings. In 2002 the Chairman of the Association of Rootes Car Clubs, which had been founded in 1982, took a call...

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 2018

Tom James is 19 and an enthusiastic member of the 1995 Association, which received its own award for its Aveling and Porter engine, so this is somethingof a family affair. Tom has always been a fan of steam; even when the Aveling and Porter engine was out of action and no big steam was available he spent hours on the Mammod model engine and...

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 2018

This year’s restoration awards were presented at the Transport Trust annual awards lunch, held at Brooklands Museum on Monday 4th June 2018, the awards being presented to the winners by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The winning projects cover a range of transport interests and are worthy winners. For details of this year’s award winning...

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 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 2016

Derek Osborne Derek Osborne rerired as signalman on the Bluebell Railway for the second timein 2015 after 30 years as a volunteer.A regular face as signalman at Horsted Keynes Signal Box on a Wednesday, his links with Horsted Keynes go back further than the Bluebell Railway.His mainline career began 58years ago when he joined the Southern...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Charles and Robin Daniel are very active West Country steam owners restorers and enthusiasts. They have been volunteers on the Talyllyn Railway since 1950s, tunnellers on Festinniog Railway & Steam Rally organisers. They have been office holders in the West of England Steam Engine Society, and of the National Traction Engine Trust. they were...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

Ron Barker After a career in the aircraft industry Steady Barker, as he has beenknown almost since he left school, joined the staff of The Autocarmagazine almost exactly 60 years ago, and began to combine earning aliving with his life-long interest in cars. He had attended race meetingshere at Brooklands in the 1930s, and after spending the...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Max Sinclair For his 50 year campaign to restore the Droitwich canals.Canals in the plural because there is the Barge Canal, opened in 1771, and the Junction Canal opened in 1854. They were built to facilitate the salt trade on which the wealth of Droitwich was founded. The canals were abandoned in 1939 and by the 1970s the Barge Canal was...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2012

Gordon Biddle Gordon Biddle is a retired Surveyor who has devoted his expertise to the subject of transport infrastructure and has made a major contribution to increasing awareness of the importance of this aspect of transport, and of conserving it. Gordon achieved recognition as an expert on our industrial and commercial architectural...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2011

Vic Smallshire As a teenager in the late 1950s, Vic persuaded his father to build him a boat to tour the Black Country canals. He found the Government was closing them quicker than he could discover them: so began a 50 year association with the Dudley Canals. From direct action in the early days to prevent official vandalism of locks and...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2010

Alan Moore Alan has made an outstanding long-term contribution to transport preservation, especially heritage railways. He has trigger-funded restoration of the quad-art set, many steam locomotives, the rail motor shed at Didcot and the goods shed at Bodmin. He has served as Chairman of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and Finance...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2009

John Reeves John Reeves received a lifetime achievement award in recognition of a long career writing about and promoting the restoration of working steam, on the road and on the land. John Fasal John Fasal was recognised for a lifetime's contribution to the restoration and preservation of Rolls Royce motor cars. John...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2008

Michael Oliver MBE and Jean Michael Oliver (MBE) and Jean are the founders of the Great Dorset Steam Fair and its organisers for 40 years. A regular fixture at the end of August each year, The Great Dorset Steam FairGDSF now covers 600 acres ofDorset at the end of August every year and isthe biggest event of its kind in the...

Lifetime Achievement Award 2007

Michael Banfield Michael has had a lifetime involvement in the restoration of historic commercial vehicles and buses, veteran and classic cars. He was a founding member in 1957 of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society, which merged with the Vintage Passenger Vehicle Society to become the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club, the largest...

 

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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