Heritage honour for Whitehead museum

THE RPSI’s £4million Whitehead Railway Museum received top honours at the annual Heritage Railway Association awards dinner in Birmingham on February 10, scooping the prestigious Manisty Award for Excellence.

The ‘Manisty’ is the HRA’s most prestigious award, being presented on an occasional basis for an exceptional and outstanding contribution to railway preservation.

Keynote speaker Lord Berkeley (second left) is flanked by the RPSI’s Peter Scott (left), Canon John McKegney (right) and Robin Morton (far right) after they received the Manisty Award for Excellence at the Heritage Railway Association awards dinner on February 10. HRA

For its 2017 awards, the HRA board made the unprecedented decision to present two Manisty Awards – one to the RPSI for Whitehead, and the other to the Swanage Railway in recognition of its achievement in returning passenger trains to Wareham from Swanage.

On presenting the award to RPSI chairman Canon John McKegney, the HRA’s president, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, said: “This is recognition of the contribution made by RPSI and Whitehead Railway Museum to railway heritage in Ireland and a tribute to all those volunteers who have made such a contribution over many years.”

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