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National award for Hardingham signal box renovation

PUBLISHED: 16:26 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:26 07 January 2015

Nigel Teulon, right, Alan Pearce and friends have picked up National Railway Heritage Award, for the renovation of the signal box at Hardingham. Picture: Ian Burt

Nigel Teulon, right, Alan Pearce and friends have picked up National Railway Heritage Award, for the renovation of the signal box at Hardingham. Picture: Ian Burt

An eight-year labour of love which brought a man’s boyhood dream to life has won national recognition.

Nigel Teulon has won the FirstGroup Craft Skills Award for the renovation of his signal box at Hardingham. The signal box was originally at Snettisham and when it was moved to Hardingham, near Dereham, the bottom half was in such a poor state of repair it had to be completely rebuilt.

Together with a team of friends and acquaintances, Mr Teulon restored the box, taking care that every screw and bolt replicated what would have been used in the original structure.

The project started eight years ago but the seed had been sown many years before. Mr Teulon has a life-long passion for trains. The 50-year-old grew up near the rail station at Shelford in Cambridgeshire. When he was a young boy, the signalmen used to allow him to go up into the signal box and have a go at signalling. Ever since then, he always dreamed of living at a rail station and having his own signal box. He first renovated Hardingham rail station, which has been his home for 20 years, and he now plans to restore the signals.

Mr Teulon, who works as a fleet engineer at the Crown Point depot near Norwich, said: “It’s lovely to be recognised, not only for myself but everyone who has helped. The signal box brings back childhood memories and memories of all the signalmen I used to work with.”

Has your project won national recognition? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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