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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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2010 Transport Trust Restoration Awards

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 bodywork.


2010 Transport Trust Restoration Awards

Timothy Lobb

Rowe Hillmaster lorries and buses were built in Cornwall over an 8-year period and survivors are rare. The Ron Wilsdon Award and £2000 were awarded for excellent work in restoring a 1957-built Hillmaster II truck in Truro, close to its birthplace.


2010 Transport Trust Restoration Awards

M&GN Society

Members of the Society took the David Muirhead Award and £1500 towards restoration to full working order of 0-6-0ST loco Wissington, previously a static exhibit at Sheringham after spending its whole working life in the fields of East Anglia.


2010 Transport Trust Restoration Awards                     

Other Award Winners

Our maritime heritage was recognised by an award to Leslie Morrish for Irene, a wooden-hulled trading ketch which after work in the West Country moved to the Caribbean where she sank after fire damage. Raised in 2003 and brought back to the Tamar for restoration, the award will be devoted to purchasing new sails for her. Also in the west, Paul Childs was given an award towards HMS Gay Archer, the last wooden torpedo boat to serve with the RN, now berthed as a working museum at Watchet. Inshore, the Cauldwells' Judith Anne is one of very few surviving wooden canal tugs built for coal haulage on the BCN.

Notable road projects to receive awards are Ivan Rhodes' unique supercharged Velocette 350 motor cycle and two PSVs, Robert Gray's 1947 Leyland Tiger PS1 coach with ECW bodywork requiring new seats after a spell as a left luggage office, and Graham Stirrup's 1953 Royal Tiger with Northern Counties bodywork, a pioneering underfloor-engined vehicle.

There were no awards for cars this year but three for trucks of contrasting ages. The oldest, the Griffin Trust's Austin K4 lorry saw WW2 army service then use by the Civil Defence Corps before retiring to civilian duties as a greengrocer's shop. Neil James' restoration of an innovative 1968 Leyland Beaver and Carl Melon's 1970 Dodge 4-wheel tipper truck complete this fleet.

Also highly commended was the restoration by Gillian Nahum of 40' motor yacht New Venture, a beautiful example of a luxury cruiser of the 1960s.




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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