16 June 2017
The restoration of the Clyde Railway Station has been announced the winner of the Rail Heritage Trust's 2017 Restoration Award.
Clair Higginson received the award on behalf of the Central Otago District Council, Promote Dunstan and the Clyde Railway Station Working Group at the Federation of Rail Organisations in New Zealand (FRONZ) Conference in Dunedin earlier this month.
Clair said it was a special occasion and honour to accept the award.
"I felt really proud that our community had gone down the path of wanting this station to be recognised as an important part of our town's history."
The Clyde Railway Station originally opened in April 1907 when the Central Otago railway finally reached Clyde.
In 2005 it became obvious the station was falling into disrepair and was in urgent need of some care and attention. A public meeting led to the creation of a "Save our Station" committee and fundraising campaign.
The $90,000 project to restore the Heritage New Zealand category two building to its former glory was funded by Promote Dunstan, Central Lakes Trust, the Lotteries Commission and the public appeal spearheaded by the "Save our Station" committee. It involved both professional labour as well as volunteer working bees. A grand reopening was held in October 2015 to celebrate the completion of the restoration project and the end of a 10-year journey to make the dream happen.
The station is tenanted by Shebikeshebikes and also houses a museum space where a two-metre long model of the station is displayed alongside other railway memorabilia from the Clyde Historical Museum collection.
An event to officially unveil the impressive plaque and certificate following their installation at the station is being planned for early Spring.