Two 18-year-old volunteers at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway became runners-up in the finals for a prestigious national award given by the Heritage Railway Association.
Conner Thornton and Matt Riley, who both qualified as steam loco firemen last Summer, were shortlisted for the HRA’s 2019 Young Volunteer’s Award and were up against five other nominees.
Conner, Matt and LWR Engineering Director, James Wilson, attended the HRA’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on 9th February, where Matthew Wilson of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland was declared the winner.
“Conner and Matt are really dedicated to their work and set a fine example to other youngsters”, said James. “We are all really proud of them and they thoroughly deserved to get as far as they did against stiff competition from much bigger heritage railways than ours”.
Our picture shows Conner (centre) and Matt (right) at the Awards Dinner with Martyn Ashworth, who is an Independent Inspector and Examiner for Heritage Railways.