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PWI NSW Awards

PWI NSW has five annual awards each year for welding, track maintenance, young achievers, innovation and platelaying (track/turnout installation). 

PWI Young Achiever Award

The PWI Young Achiever Award is a prize of up to $10,000 for the winner to go towards the cost of attending a relevant international railway conference. To be eligible for this award, an entrant must be 35 or younger at the 1 January of the year of entry. The aim is to encourage younger members into our industry and promote knowledge sharing. We have now broadened the judging criteria to make it more multi-disciplinary so that it includes for all members who are involved in the numerous rail infrastructure projects that are being delivered at the moment. Specific multi-disciplinary examples that would be eligible could include:

  • Fit out works within the Northwest Rail Line Tunnels and viaducts including not just the slab track but other systems
  • Systems integration experience on projects such as the Sydney Light Rail; and
  • General rail infrastructure upgrade works or program of works including stations, power systems or signalling systems to increase capacity and the user experience.

The prize winners are announced at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards Dinner  and it will give the winner an opportunity to be recognised by the whole of the Australian Railway family.
The winner will be invited to attend the Australasian Rail Industry Awards Dinner as a guest of the PWI and the Awards Committee. Partners may also attend at their own cost.
For further information on entries please go directly to the new ARA Awards Web portal at
Or contact Julian Sharp on 0437 638 398 or

Click here for the Young Achiever Award Flyer

PWI Alan Barham Maintenance Award

The maintenance Team Award is named in the honour of Alan Barham. Alan held several positions over the years after he joined as a graduate engineer with the NSW Government Railways in the Structures Design section of Transport House in about 1969 until 1996.

Alan Barham was an advocate of the importance of local housekeeping/ routine maintenance from fettling gangs to safety, reliability and the condition of the railway.  This award was established to promote pride in track maintenance and associated structures.

It is for the above reasons that this award has been named in Alan’s honour whom sadly succumbed to cancer in early 1997.

For further information on entries please contact Scott Chapman on 0427 298 577.

Entries to be submitted to

Click here to review Alan Barham Award Criteria

Click here to review Alan Barham Submission Example


PWI Ken Erickson Innovation Award

Ken Erickson was elected as a Fellow of the New South Wales Permanent Way Institution on 30 November 1981. He was a member of the Committee from 1981 until his untimely death on 25 November 1988. Ken was always trying to provide new ideas or concepts to the PWI, hence it is fitting that the Innovation Award (previously Achievement Award) is named in his honour. This Annual Award is made to recognise an initiative or significant advance, which has been towards improvement in any part of the Rail Industry during the last year.

Submissions are to be submitted to

Entries closed on 8th December 2021 with the winners to be announced at the awards night on the 10th February 2022


For further information on entries please contact Gareth Beynon on 0429 041 991

Click here to review Ken Erickson Award Criteria

Click here for Ken Erickson Entry Form

Click here for Journal Entry Template

Click here for Journal Entry Example

Click here for Winning Submission Example



PWI Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award

Steve Maxwell was a Member of the PWI Committee for many years, and his hard work and dedication enabled the PWI to continue during some difficult times.  Steve was an informed Judge of the Platelaying Award, and also an entertaining speaker and presenter.  Steve’s death in 1997 was a great loss to the PWI and took from the industry a great engineer, friend and personable and supportive leader.  The Committee deemed it appropriate to name the prestigious Platelaying Award after Steve.

The award is to recognise excellence in rail trackwork construction and renewal works, or in short “trackwork that is well done”.

Entries can be submitted to Stephen Fleck at

For further information on entries please contact Stephen Fleck on 0407 103 228.

Click here to review Steve Maxwell Award Judging Criteria

Click here for Steve Maxwell Minor Entry Journal Template

Click here for Steve Maxwell Major Entry Journal Template

Click here for a sample submission


PWI Welders Award

PWI NSW introduced this Award in 2002 to recognise the efforts of field workers in the area of rail welding.This award attracts entries from all over the State, which is testimony to the wide geographic base of PWI members.

For further information on entries please contact Mark White on 0407 940 577

Click here to review Welders Award Criteria

Click here for Journal Entry Template



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