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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 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...

These Awards 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 2016

1885 Decauville narrow gauge steam engine Jeremy Martin of Hawkenbury in Kent for the repatriation and restoration of his 1885Decauville narrow gauge steam engine. This locomotive was recovered from Peru, where it had been in use on a sugar plantation, and restored. It will be seen and used on the owner’s railway and at other...

Restoration Awards 2015

The Ron Wilsdon Award given in memory of the Trust’s founder, went to theBritten Norman Aircraft Preservation Society Trust for its restoration of Britten Norman Islander G-AVCNbuilt at Bembridge and first flown in 1967. It became the first aircraft to be operated by Aurigny Air Services of Guernsey, the livery of which will be carried by...

Restoration Awards 2014

The Ron Wilsdon Award Given in memory of the Transport Trust’s founder 1923DFP (Doriot-Flandrin-Parant) Voiturette Owned by Jeremy Rogers. August Doriot and Ludovic Flandrin had worked for Peugeot and Clement-Bayard before branching out on their own to form DFP in 1906. Their English agent from 1912-1920 was W O Bentley who subsequently...

Restoration Awards 2013

Alan Moore Award 1916 Ganges class 0-6-0Ts locomotive Hudswell Clarke built about 50 of its Ganges class 0-6-0Ts for use on the War Department light railways in France but this particular example, No.1238, was acquired by the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation in what is now Ghana at its Obuasi mine. (Fig.1) There it worked for about 40 years...

Restoration Awards 2012

Peter Allen Award Windermere steam launch Osprey Lakeland Arts Trust,now custodian of the vessels at the Windermere Steamboat Museum, for its restoration of the classic Windermere steam launch Osprey (Pic.1). Built by Shepherds of Bowness in 1902 with steam propulsion, she was used privately for 70 years and later converted into a...

Restoration Awards 2011

Lakeland Arts Trust The Trust's permier award, the Peter Allen award, went to the Lakeland Arts Trust for the restoration of the classic Windermere steam launch Osprey. Built in 1902 with steam propulsion, she was used privately for 70 years and converted to a diesel-powered trip boat. The Windermere Steamboat Museum has overseen her return to...

Restoration Awards 2010

Geoff Lumb Geoff's Transport Collection at Golcar specialises in the products of the Karrier factory originally sited at nearby Huddersfield. The Peter Allen Award and a cheque for £2000 were awarded for his meticulous restoration of a 1928 Karrier six-wheel bus with English Electric clerestory-roofed single deck...

Restoration Awards 2009

Pamela Page Elegant Edwardian river launch Constance won this year's Peter Allen Award and a cheque for £1500. Once steam powered, the launch now has electric propulsion and a future hosting art lectures and painting classes while cruising the Thames. Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group Westland Whirlwind...

Restoration Awards 2008

National Tramway Museum The National Tramway Museum at Crich took the Peter Allen Award and a cheque for £2000. This is for its work to bring back to service Cardiff City Tramways Rail Scrubber No.131. This was the first tram to arrive at Crich in 1959 and completion of its restoration is therefore an appropriate emblem for the 50th...

Restoration Awards 2007

Premier Awards The MTB 102 Trust took the Peter Allen Award and a cheque for £1500 towards essential work to the hull of the prototype fast patrol boat and Dunkirk veteran. The Brooklands Museum Trust received the Ron Wilsdon Award and £1500 for the return of Hurricane Z2389 to taxiing condition. Cotswold Steam Preservation Ltd...

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 2018

Robert Morley: A WWII motor torpedo boat caught Bob’s attention when he was a child and a seed was sown. Many years later he came across a Coastal Motor Boat, a WWI veteran 55ft long. It was sunk and derelict, but CMB 331 is now restored and displayed and at the Coastal Forces Museum at Gosport. Next came Motor Launch 293, even...

 

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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