Back in 1981 Harold was one of the founding members of the Wingfield Railway Group, which is now incorporated into Chesterfield Railway Modellers.
He spent his working life on the railway initially at Hasland Loco Shed until it closed and then at Westhouses shed near Alfreton, retiring from there in 1989. As was the tradition on the steam operated railway Harold started work as a cleaner working his way up to driver and, at Westhouses, a driver of diesels serving the many collieries in the North East of Derbyshire and in North Nottinghamshire.
Harold died after a short illness in January 2007 and with his passing the Group lost a dear friend who is sadly missed.by all the members. To keep his memory alive it has been decided to present a trophy each year at the Peak Exhibition to the layout the Group members feel is the most interesting in the show and whose owners will appreciate the reason for the award.
Brenda, Harold's widow, kindly agreed to present the trophy to the first winner at the 2007 exhibition and it was given to Allan Cromarty from Stone in Staffordshire for his layout Oulton Traction Maintenance Depot.
At the 2008 exhibition the trophy was presented by Harold's son Robert who now lives in Lancashire but was a member of the Wingfield Railway Group before moving away from the area many years ago. The trophy was presented to David Tooley for his layout Loughborough Midland, based on that station on the Midland mainline between Derby and Leicester.
Brenda returned for the 2009 exhibition to present the trophy to St Jean sur Mer, a layout built by John and Peter Smith. This is set in France and is built to a scale of 1:22.5 more commonly known as G scale. It is a representation of a metre gauge line set in the Picardie region. Photographs and further details can be found on www.smithslayouts.com
At the 2010 exhibition the presentation was made by Nick Knyhynyckyj who was a personal friend of Harold. The layout chosen to receive the trophy was St Giles, based in the West Country during the late1970s/early 1980s and using locomotives fitted with digital sound chips to add a touch of 'authenticity'.
The trophy was presented again by Brenda at the 2011 exhibition. 'Idle Way' was chosen to be the recipient, a layout owned by Derek Gelsthorpe of Pleasley( nr Mansfield) who has been a valued friend of the Group for many years.
At the 2012 exhibition the trophy was presented by Brenda to 'Glen Gillie', a layout owned by Peter Midwinter from North Wales. The layout (together with it extension 'Loch Inch') ia based around aWhisky Distillery in the Scottish Highlands
2013 saw Brenda present the trophy to 'Calderwood',a layout owned by John Dilnot and David Kirby from Dewsbury. It is based on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway in the pre-first world war period.
Brenda was unable to attend the 2014 exhibition but the trophy was presented on her behalf by Councillors Judith Twigg and Keith Morgan of Derbyshire County Council who are valued supporters of both Chesterfield Railway Modellers and the Peak Exhibition. The layout chosen was 'Museum of Transport'', a layout with constantly moving exhibits based around a large museum complex.