Awards

Visit our award-winning Railway

  • 2020 – Isle of Wight Radio Best In Business Awards, Best in Tourism Award – Winner
  • 2019 – Heritage Railway Association, Award for Outstanding Visitor Attraction – Winner
  • 2019 – Heritage Railway Association, Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement for the restoration of Oldbury Carriage No.10 – Runner up
  • 2017 – Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2016 – Visit England Gold Accolade 2016
  • 2016 – Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 Winner
  • 2016 – Heritage Railway Association, large groups annual award for Train Story
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  • 2015 – Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Silver Award
  • 2015 – Heritage Railway Association, Publication & Media Best Magazine Award 2014.
  • 2015 – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2015 Winner
  • 2015 – Visit England Gold. Visit England Gold Accolade 2015
  • 2013 – Southern Railways Group Denys Fletcher Award, 2For the recreation of the original Havenstreet Station buildings at Wootton and the construction of a typical Southern Railway country station building at Smallbrook Junction.
  • 2012 – Tourism South East – The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2012-2013. Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.
  • 2012 – IW Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry. Business Awards for Excellence 2012 – Lucas Fettes Tourism & Leisure Business Award Winner.
  • 2012 – Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry. Business Awards for Excellence 2012. Isle of Wight County Press Business in the Community Category. Highly Commended.
  • 2012 – The Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service. The MBE for volunteer groups
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  • 2010 – Highly Commended: Jim Loe (Isle of Wight Steam Railway) Outstanding Customer Service – Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2010
  • 2010 – Winner – The UK’s Best Heritage Project – The National Lottery Awards 2010
  • 2009 – Highly Commended – Business Award for Excellence – Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year Award (IW Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism)
  • 2009 – Highly Commended – Business Award for Excellence – Small Business of the Year Award (IW Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism)
  • 2009 – Highly Commended – Business Award for Excellence – Business in the Community Award (IW Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism)
  • 2009 – Runner-up – Day Out with Thomas – Best Value for Money Events 2009
  • 2008 – Winner – Business Award for Excellence – Employee Development Award (IW Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism)
  • 2008 – Highly Commended – Business Award for Excellence – Small Business of the Year Award (IW Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism)
  • 2006 – Winner – Best Publicity Leaflet (Heritage Railway Association)
  • 2004 – The High Sheriff’s Island Success of the Month Award
  • 2002 – Winner – Heritage Railway Association Carriage & Wagon Competition – for LCDR 4-wheeled carriage No. 2515
  • 2002 – Highly Commended – Transport Trust Restoration Awards – for restoration of the set of LBSCR single bolster wagons
  • 2002 – Joint Winner – Southern Tourist Board Excellence in England Award
  • 2002 – Winner – Business Award for Excellence – Tourism Award (IW Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism)
  • 2001 – Runner-up – The Steam Railway Trophy – Heritage Railway Association Publications Competition
  • 2000 – Winner – Independent Railway of the Year Award
  • 1999 – Winner – The Two-Foot Topics Award for Most Improved Magazine – Heritage Railway Association Publications Competition
  • 1999 – Commended – The Steam Railway Trophy – Heritage Railway Association Publications Competition
  • 1998 – Commended – Heritage Railway Association Best Restored Coach Competition – for carriage 2343
  • 1995 – Winner – Independent Railway of the Year Award
  • 1989 – Winner – Railway Magazine Shield for the Best Timetable/Information Leaflet (Association of Railway Preservation Societies)
  • 1989 – Winner – Independent Railway of the Year Award
  • 1988 – Runner-up – Independent Railway of the Year Award
  • 1987 – Special Commendation – The Ian Allan Railway Heritage Awards – for Wootton Station (Association of Railway Preservation Societies)
  • 1986 – Premier Award Winner – The British Rail Award – Best Restored Station Competition – for Havenstreet Station (Association of Railway Preservation Societies)
  • 1986 – Winner – Best Preserved Carriage – for Carriage IWR No. 46 (Association of Railway Preservation Societies)
  • 1982 – Certificate of Merit – Isle of Wight Conservation Award – for the Railway Refreshments Building
  • 1979 – Winner – Private Railway Poster (Friends of the National Railway Museum/Association of Railway Preservation Societies/Association of Minor Railways)
Coronavirus Information

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