As a sign of the continued development of the Mid-Norfolk Railway, the railway’s Trust Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Tony Dunford as the railway’s first Head of Refurbishment.
Tony joins the railway from Heritage Painting, but is no stranger to the railway as he has been working at Dereham for Heritage Painting on the various contracts they were awarded by the railway and also the resident Stratford 47 Group for much of the year.
Prior to working for Heritage Painting, Tony was well known at the East Lancashire Railway where after first joining as a volunteer in 1989, he spent 11 years from 2007 working his way up to become their Foreman of Carriage and Wagon Restoration.
"We are very pleased to welcome Tony to the railway as a full time staff member, he brings great expertise and knowledge and it means that the painting of our rolling stock will now be completed in house by our volunteers and Tony. It also brings a greater degree of flexibility to our future refurbishment projects and opens up opportunities for the railway going forward." George Saville, MNR General Manager
Tony’s first project for the railway will be joining the team that is conducting the lottery funded Mk1 restoration. There are two further coaches that are nearing completion which he will be carrying out the painting for. He will then be turning his attention to the painting of the MNR’s Class 101 DMU, once the external bodywork refurbishment is completed. The DMU will remain in its classic British Railways Green livery with yellow whiskers.
"I am very happy to join the railway following my move to Norfolk and I am looking forward to leading the refurbishment of the railway’s rolling stock as the railway continues to develop in the years to come." Tony Dunford, MNR Head of Refurbishment