Train of the Year

From TrainSpottingWorld, for Rail fans everywhere

The Train of the Year Award is jointly run by TrainSpottingWorld and Transport Centre (


Train of the Year was set up in 2007 to recognise Trains, Locomotives, Multiple Units etc that have done something memorable during the year. For example, a nominee could be a vehicle that has had an unusual repaint, returned to service after a long absence, has been preserved, or anything else!

The 2008 award will begin with the nominations stage. Please send any nominations to, and they will be put into a pool. In October, we will pick 5 of the nominations and then you can vote for them! The Winner will be announced in January 2009.

2007 Winner

The winner of the 2007 Train of the Year award was British Rail Class 101 Railcar No. E51188, based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth. Below is an image of the railcar being "presented" with it's certificate.

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On behalf of Mike Evans and the vehicle's restoration team, Anton Shone, Passenger Services Manager of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, is pictured with the award certificate for railcar 51188 as restored "Train of the Year", fifty years after it was built by Metropolitan-Cammell at Saltley in Birmingham. The railcar will be used as part of the set in the re-opening of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway between Wirksworth and Idridgehay on the 8th of March 2008. Details of the Opening Weekend can be found on

Past Winners

2007 was the first year the award was started. More can be found above!

Associated awards

Tram of the Year