Transport Trust awards

Moseley Railway Trust project wins award from the Transport Trust

The Moseley Railway Trust (MRT) is delighted to report that it has received the Alan Moore award at the recent Transport Trust awards ceremony.

This award was in recognition of the Moseley Railway Trust’s project to restore to steam a Hudswell Clarke steam locomotive no. 1238, built in 1916. This six-wheel, 2’0” gauge steam locomotive worked at a gold mine in Ghana, and was returned to the UK in 2008. Since then a team of MRT members have been working to restore the locomotive. Having lain in a river bed for 48 years, the condition of the locomotive when received was very poor. However, the MRT team has made strong progress, and it is currently hoped to have the locomotive completed by Easter 2014.

The Transport Trust is the only national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain’s unique transport heritage in all its forms – by air, land (road and rail) and water (sea and inland). The Transport Trust aims, for the benefit of the nation as a whole, to promote and encourage the permanent preservation of transport items of historical or technical interest.

The Transport Trust Alan Moore Award was presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent to John Rowlands and Mike Lynskey representing the Moseley Railway Trust. The award was made at a ceremony at the former Brooklands racing circuit in Surrey.

Phil Robinson, chairman of the MRT said “We believe that this award recognises the hard work carried out by the team restoring the Hudswell Clarke locomotive. The project is now in its final phases, and we are all looking forward to seeing this engine hard at work on the Apedale Valley Light Railway in 2014.”

Despite the Transport Trust award, funding to complete the locomotive remains a key issue, and the MRT continues to seek donations or loans from individuals or organisations to ensure the prompt completion of the project. Contract the MRT here.