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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.



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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 steam in 1991 and anticipated resumption of sailings on the lake in 2013.


Beamish Museum

The David Muirhead prize and a cheque for £1500 was given to Beamish Museum, County Durham for the restoration of a unique surviving locomotive built in 1877 by Stephen Lewin of Poole. The 0-4-0ST spent most of its working life at Seaham Colliery, shunting chauldron wagons of coal for export by sea. After 93 years of active service it was donated to Beamish and is now in the process of major renovation.


Andy Gibbs

The Ron Wilsdon Award and a cheque for £1500 went to Andy Gibbs of Kirkby Lonsdale for his work to bring back to working condition his 1919 Albion A10 chain-driven truck. Designed for military use, this example was used by the Anglo American Oil Company for delivery of oil cans and was acquired in derelict condition. Where possible restoration has been completed using original components.


Other Award Winners

The maritime and private motoring sectors provided the largest number of this year's entries and the distribution of awards reflected this.

On the road, Keith Champion's 1924 Cluley 10/20 car was last licensed in 1956, having been converted by a previous owner into a flatbed pick-up. Restoration of the chassis and mechanics is complemented by an excellent recreation of the missing car bodywork. Simon Barringer received an award for his 1931 BSA front-wheel drive 4-wheel car. Better known for bikes and 3-wheelers, this may be one of only four survivors of its type. Another unusual item is Graham Galliers' Alta 61 racing car which competed widely in pre-war sporting events. It was stored for about 40 years before painstaking restoration. Also rewarded was PJ Donnelly's 1932 four-seater Vale Special, in hibernation since 1959. Rebuuilding started in 2006 but significant work to the engine still remains to be done.

A well-known vessel in South Devon waters is the fishing boat Frances, one of the last of a type of crabber built in 1959 and still with her original Gardner diesel engine. Steam tug Kerne has had a more travelled life: built at Montrose in 1913, she operated at Chatham Dockyard until 1948 and more recently worked on the Manchester Ship Canal. Motor cruiser Merlin had an interesting wartime existence as a Home Guard gunboat with a machine gun mounted on the stern section of the aft cabin.



The National 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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