Tony fulfils the role of Merchandise Licensing Manager, liaising with manufacturers who produce goods which benefit the Trust. He is also a vital member of the merchandising team when Tornado is in traffic. He started work in 1961 as an Apprentice Electrician at the Colwick Locomotive Depot near Nottingham, working on steam locomotives with Stones generators and electric lighting and as time progressed, on diesel electric locomotives and railcars. As this was a railway apprenticeship, he was also involved in building services and the obligatory six months works training at the Derby Locomotive Works, three month mechanical training followed by three months electrical training.
When he finished the apprenticeship, Tony moved into the drawing office at the Divisional Managers Office in Nottingham where, as a Technical Officer, he was involved with the design and contract control of electrical installations as well as the provision of back up services for locomotive functions at depots in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.
In 1973, he moved to the Chief Civil Engineers Office, Stephenson House, Euston in London, where Tony joined the electrical design section as a Senior Technical Officer dealing with the design of new electrical installations from London to Carlisle. In 1975, he moved to the British Railways Board offices at Marylebone London as a Senior Engineering Assistant, to the newly set up Chief Architects Building Services Department, dealing with the technical management of building services in such locations as the TOPS centre local to our office and the Derby Railway Technical Centre.
Tony’s next move was to the County Surveyors department at Leicestershire County Council, dealing with the County’s Transportation depots and street lighting departments. He joined the County in 1976 and in 1977 was appointed to the post of Assistant Lighting Engineer, in charge of the maintenance organisation of the County’s Street Lighting Organisation. He moved to the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting in 1983 from which he retired (officially) in 2009 but has continued to work part time for them to the present day.