Volunteer of year award for Jim

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A VOLUNTEER at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has won an award from the Instutute of Railway Signalling Engineers.

Jim Tyers joined the heritage steam railway at the age of 14 and has installed signalling equipment along the line from Ludborough to North Thoresby. He joined the railway’s board in 2008.

His next big task is to prepare the section to the south of Ludborough station for passenger train operation.

Now his efforts have been rewarded after a colleague nominated him for the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Fellow director Gordon Newton said: “We are all justifiably proud of him for winning this National Award.”

Jim turned his hobby into a career, becoming a signalman on the national rail network based at the busy Barnetby East signal box on the Grimsby to Scunthorpe line.