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 taking place in November 2021.
The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers’ Minor Railways Section is delighted to announce that nominations for the 2021 award will be accepted from 1 May 2021. Full details of the award are available to be downloaded from the document library below or on request by emailing email@example.com.
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 and nominal ownership for two years of the Charles Hudson trophy.
"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