The National Railway Historical Society recently entered into a new partnership with Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures to present the “Outstanding Railroad Historic Preservation Award,” designed to recognize a railroad for its efforts in railway preservation. The intent is “to honor and recognize a North American common-carrier railroad for a historically significant preservation project completed or put into operation within the past five years.”
Projects may include locomotives or any type of rolling stock, buildings, stations, a rail line, or a significant rail line feature such as a bridge, viaduct, tunnel, etc. Projects that result in returning the asset to use as originally intended will be prioritized vs. a static display or no longer operational asset. Projects accessible to the general public will be prioritized for recognition.
A judging committee comprised of NRHS, Railway Age and RT&S senior leaders will review all nominations and announce three finalists in early September 2023. The Award winner is expected to be announced at the Railway Interchange conference in October 2023.
“Railway Age has been chronicling the rail industry since our founding in 1856,” says William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief. “RT&S has been covering the civil engineering side of railroading since 1905. It’s fitting that we partner with the NRHS on an historic preservation award, so we’re very pleased to have been invited to participate. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.”
“The National Railway Historical Society has established its interest in rail history and preservation through our Historic Grants program, and saving and sharing media,” NRHS president Tony White said. “We are excited to partner with Railway Age and RT&S to recognize a significant North American railroad preservation project. As our mission is to preserve railroad history in all its forms, we developed this award to honor a railroad for its efforts in railroad preservation. I look forward to hearing from our members—and Railway Age and RT&S subscribers—about what they think best exemplifies the spirit of railroad preservation today.”
The nomination period has been extended to Aug. 15, 2023. NRHS members and Railway Age and RT&S subscribers may nominate their favorite railroad preservation project using the form on the NRHS website. NRHS nominators will need their NRHS member number handy for the nomination form.