THE NER 1903 Autocar Trust won two prestigious prizes at the Heritage Railway Association’s 2019 Awards, which were held in central Birmingham on February 9. The team’s superb restoration of Autocar No. 3170 earned it the Rail Express-sponsored Modern Traction Award, plus the Manisty Award – one of the heritage rail industry’s most prestigious awards – which acknowledges an outstanding contribution to railway preservation.
The awards honour the restoration of No. 3170 NER from a discovered bodyshell back into full running order. The vehicle was the first to combine an internal combustion engine with a generator and traction motors, thus making it the forerunner of all modern trains and the grandfather of all DMUs. RE editor Paul Bickerdyke presented the modern traction award to the trust’s chairman Stephen Middleton, while guest of honour Pete Waterman presented the Manisty trophy.
New for 2019 was the Lord Faulkner Award for young volunteer of the year for those under the age of 26. The winner was Matthew Wilson of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.
READ MORE IN THE APRIL ISSUE OF RAIL EXPRESS, ON SALE NOW.
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- UK railway news roundup - 30th July 2021
- ‘Hidden’ Lake District railway station restored to feature Murder On The Orient Express set cafe - 29th July 2021
- Rail unions call public meeting over future of Eurostar - 29th July 2021