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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 2021

Karl Carter In this category the National Transport Trust usually recognises people who have undertaken a specific restoration project. But there are also those who work to assure the very basis on which the future of preservation of our transport heritage rests. Preservation cannot happen without ongoing stream of people with the right...

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 2021

Jacob "Jake" Bullock: Our Young Preservationist of the year is Jacob Bullock.Jake had for many years wanted to restore and own a WW2 Jeep, he knew that some 40 years ago his father had restored one in collaboration with his own father, and he wanted to experience the same process. An abandoned 1944 Ford GPW project was sourced in Scotland 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 2021

After an enforced abandonment of our presentations in 2020, the Patron of the National Transport Trust, Her Royal Highness princess Anne, presented both the 2020 and the 2021 Personal and Restoration Awards on Wednesday October 20th at Fawley Hill, the home of our President, Judy, Lady McAlpine. The National Transport Trust has chosen 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 2020

David Ogilvy Aviation claimed David at the age of eight when a Hawker Hart biplane buzzed his school, and it never released him. One way or another it has been his career for three quarters of a century from the age of 18, and continues today. At the age of 22 he decided that an organisation was needed to co-ordinate the increasing interest in...

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 2019

David Davies: A railway enthusiast from a very young age, Dave became a keen railway photographer but was always most interested in the engineering.In 1965 he saw at Didcot GWR loco 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle.’ and was invited to help in its cosmetic restoration. Although he never met co-owner Bill McAlpine, Bill was indirectly...

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 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 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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