The award is open to candidates over the age of 16 and entry is free. All entries are judged by an independent panel of acknowledged S&T professionals, led by a Past President of the IRSE. The award is presented at the Section’s technical seminar which is held on a biannual basis, the next is planned for 2023.
Running since 2010, the award is a fantastic way to reward and recognise the work of the many hard-working volunteer engineers and is designed to recognise an individual or a team that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment, on a regular basis, to the practice of S&T engineering on your minor railway or in a minor railway context.
This prestigious accolade carries with it a cheque for £250 in prize money, attendance at one of the Minor Railways Section training workshops, membership of the IRSE for one year, nominal ownership for two years of the Charles Hudson trophy and a commemorative plaque and certificate. The next time this will be awarded will be in 2023.
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"It gave me a great sense of achievement to know that something I'd done had been recognised by the IRSE. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from others who had seen I'd won the award and this helped me develop my skills to the extent that I now have my own signal box in the back garden.
- James Tyers, winner 2010
"Firstly it was the best feeling for the work out in at the Churnet Valley and the Peak railways, that feeling of accomplishment and acknowledgement from all the other folks that were part of the judging was very much appreciated. Apart from that, as James notes, the world of signalling knowledge is something that is consistently growing and winning the award helped open up that knowledge base. I regularly assist anyone and everyone who needs that help themselves. Folks who were in the same seat as I was then all those years back myself, passing on those knowledge and skills."
- Dominic Beglin, winner 2011
"I am note sure what I think about my friends and colleagues who nominated me, if you asked me before winning it, I would have thought some kind of wind up as all I have ever done is my job to the best of my ability and lent a hand here-and-there when people have asked for the specialist knowledge I have. I have always been more than happy to help others out and pass on my knowledge to others as they grapple with their signalling and locking conundrums. I feel delighted to have been considered for the award, overwhelmed by winning it and humbled that there are those in my peer group (who are all pretty handy themselves with S&T matters) that think I deserve it. Thank you to all of them."
- Rolland Johnson, winner 2017
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