VOLUNTEERS who transformed a far north rail station which shut down more than 70 years ago have won national recognition.
Yarrows Heritage Trust picked up the Stagecoach Volunteers Award at the National Heritage Railway Awards for its restoration of Thrumster station.
The station which closed in 1944 was converted into a venue to host small exhibitions on the history of the area.
It was then reopened five years ago by the trust as part of a venture which included the creation of a community woodland and the excavation of Thrumster Mains broch.
The station has been restored complete with canopy, sign and even a section of track alongside the platform.
Trustee Ian Giles said: “It is a wonderful recognition as there has been a lot of hard work that has been put into the project by a number of people.
“Caithness could do with a bit more publicity to make it known as a tourist attraction and we hope this award will help promote Thrumster station and the rest of the county.”
The trust picked up £1500 for winning the award and a plaque.
Mr Giles said: “The money will enable us to plan ahead for future projects at the station
“We are a charity so any funds we can acquire that will help us are welcome.
“We have a lot of paperwork regarding the day-to-day operation of the railway and we have had discussions with the Nucleus archive towards working with them to archive what we have.”
ScotRail’s honorary rail ambassador John Yellowlees said: “This well-deserved award puts Caithness firmly on the railway heritage map of Britain.”