The ScotRail Alliance has congratulated a local artist whose work to restore part of a West Fife railway station has been nominated for a major award. Aberdour signal box, located on the platform at Aberdour station, has been shortlisted in the 'Most enhanced station buildings and surroundings' category at the Community Rail Awards after it was restored and converted into a studio for local artist Lynette Gray earlier this year. Lynette, from Kinghorn, was encouraged to visit the signal box after her success in converting disused space within Kinghorn station into a studio and gallery. Seeing the potential in the grade B listed space, which had lain empty since it fell out of use in 1981, she agreed to take it on. Renovation works began in February, with the official opening in April, and was made possible through support from the ScotRail Alliance, the Stations Community Regeneration Fund and the Railway Heritage Trust. James Ledgerwood, the ScotRail Alliance's head of economic development, said: 'We are absolutely delighted for Lynette. It's wonderful to see redundant buildings being given a new lease of life. I know I won't be the only one wishing Lynette the very best of luck, given just how much she has done for stations in Fife and the local community. The ScotRail Alliance is working with people across the country not just to deliver the best railway Scotland's ever had, but to also to make a difference to local communities.'
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