Top award for railway charity

A RAILWAY charity which specialises in preserving and maintaining locomotives has won a prestigious national award.

The Deltic Preservation Society, based at Barrow Hill picked up the Heritage Railway Association accolade for its work in combining with Locomotion Shildon in County Durham and the East Lancashire Railway to bring together seven Deltic locos from different parts of the country for a major event at Shildon to mark the 50th anniversary of the Deltic class.

Peter Kennan, Company Secretary of the Deltic Preservation Society and partner in Sheffield accountants Hawsons said: “Getting the seven Deltics together, including the three permanently based at Barrow Hill, was, logistically, the biggest exercise the Society has been involved in so we are delighted to receive the award, which is a tribute to all our volunteers who worked so tirelessly to make the event a success.”

After the celebration event at Shildon, which attracted more than 10,000 enthusiasts from all over the UK, five of the Deltics ran in convoy to the East Lancashire Railway, providing railway photographers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The DPS will be presented with their Rail Express Modern Traction Award at the Heritage Railway Association annual meeting in Derby in February.