Welcome. We are the only Awards body dedicated to encouraging and rewarding best practice in the restoration and continued upkeep of our rich heritage of railway and tramway buildings and structures.
Every year we invite entries embracing buildings, structures and signaling installations associated with railways and tramways from throughout the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.
The closing date for entries is the 31st May, with judging taking place during the Summer months. The winning entries are announced at a prestigious Awards Ceremony that is held each year at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City of London. It is attended by all the short-listed entrants, together with leading figures from the national and heritage railway sectors.
At the Ceremony, the winners are presented with a commemorative plaque that they are encouraged to mount in a prominent position on – or adjacent to – their winning building or structure. Usually, they are unveiled on-site at a subsequent ceremony, with the aim of attracting further appreciation of the project from amongst the local community.
If you would like to know whether your particular project might qualify for one of these sought-after Awards, please click on the HOW TO ENTER page where you will find full details of the entry criteria and Awards categories. If you would like to see who has won before in each of the categories, move to the PREVIOUS WINNERS page and click on the ‘Category’ drop-down list.
If you would like to speak to one of us before submitting your entry, please check us out on the CONTACTS page.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. For more information about some of them, click onto their logos on the HOW TO ENTER page.
For more information about the background to the National Railway Heritage Awards, please continue to scroll down
The Awards began in 1979 and initially focused on the then youthful heritage railway preservation movement. As they grew in perception and outside recognition of their achievement, the biggest ‘step-change’ came with the privatisation of the national rail network.
Substantial investment in the infrastructure saw a wide range of projects being completed for which the objects of the Awards were increasingly appropriate. Entries from the national sector were actively pursued until they formed a substantial part of the Awards.
This, in turn, raised the profile of the Awards amongst our Sponsors who were persuaded that their support was an essential part of the greater appreciation by the public, of the work that was being done and the extraordinary quality achieved.
The Awards became an Independent Trust in 2004; their charitable status being confirmed by the Charity Commission on 6th December 2005.