Jonathan has over 11 years’ experience within the heritage railway industry. At the tender age of 14 he began volunteering at a local heritage railway and became involved in running the locomotives as well as their maintenance, overhaul and restoration. During this period, Jonathan was also involved with all aspects of the restoration of “Gervase”, a Manning-Wardle Sentinel conversion. Successful completion of this project led to its return to use in 2013, initially at a gala at Great Central Railway and then Kent and East Sussex Railway where it had begun its service. Jonthan is currently involved with the restoration of “Hastings”, a Hunslett locomotive, for the same owner as Gervase.
At 19 years old he began an Apprenticeship in Locomotive Fitting and Repair at The Mid-Hants Railway covering all aspects of locomotive repair, maintenance, overhaul and fabrication. Jonathan was mentored by fellow director Frank Boait through his apprenticeship while working at MHR. During his time at the MHR Jonathan also was an active volunteer on the footplate which he is still enjoys to this day. In 2016 Jonathan was asked to work for Locomotive Services Ltd based in Southall, where he undertook the role of Locomotive Fitter, part of a team maintaining and repairing the LSL mainline fleet. In 2019 after seeing an opening in the market for quality and reliable locomotive repair Jonathan and Frank decided to set up JM Steam Engineering Ltd to provide high quality services to the heritage railway industry.