VOTING is open to help reward one of the most popular restoration projects in Oswestry with the Cambrian heritage Railway (CHR).

The railway, which re-opened its line from the town centre down to Weston Wharf, has been shortlisted for an award with train website Steam Railway and its Railway Heritage Awards.

A spokesman for the CHR said they hope that members of the public can vote for their work in a reader's choice award.

They said: "Last year saw the re-opening of the line from Oswestry to Weston Wharf.

"Volunteers worked tirelessly from 2009 to 2022 to reinstate the two-mile section of track and we are delighted to announce that the project has now been put forward for an award."

Steam Railway's award recognise the hard work of 10 projects – after a long time whittling the shortlist down – and urged peeople to vote.


A spokesman said: "At times, 2022 felt every bit as challenging as the preceding Covid-19 years of 2020 and 2021, what with increasing uncertainty over coal supplies, economic instability, and rising costs across the board.

"Despite these challenges, all of which remain very much with us going into 2023 and possibly beyond, Britain's heritage railways and organisations have risen to the occasion over the last 12 months, completing some outstanding projects which prove beyond doubt that reports of the death of the heritage railway sector are greatly exaggerated – to paraphrase a certain Mark Twain.

"Ahead of the Heritage Railway Association's annual awards ceremony in March, we have whittled down the staggering list of potential candidates and put forward 10 nominees for the coveted Steam Railway magazine award.

"As always, this is the only HRA award decided by you – our loyal readers – so once again we're calling on you to vote for what you think should win.

"This is your opportunity to help celebrate the preservation movement's finest achievements, so make sure your voice is heard."

Voting closes Thursday, February 2 at 11:59pm and can be found at