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1 hour ago, burgundy said:

I have never entirely understood how Stroudley was able to operate under very different terms of reference.     

Perhaps because Craven had already got the LBSCR through the worst of its loco crisis, and the directors had finally learned their lesson?

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Eric,

 

I never realised Craven had actually resigned at any point, but yes I was acutely aware of the conditions he operated under, and what was essentially scapegoating at the end of his career for the LBSC. I can only assume the reason Stroudley had it so different was because of the backlog of repairs at Brighton that had been created under the previous policy, and the need to correct it. Besides, if the board had carried on the same, the shareholders might have blamed them rather than Craven!

 

That's my theory anyway,

 

Gary

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13 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

 

Force of character?

J C Craven has been accused of many things, but never of lacking force of character!

After the financial crash, the composition of the Board changed, although the conflict with Craven appears to have continued. 

I can only assume that by 1870, enough of the Board had come to appreciate that running Brighton Works as a craft workshop had had its day. Stroudley's own track record at Lochgorm had been one of make and mend, so he must have had an absolute blinder of an interview to convince them  

- that he was the man to take over, 

- that the company should spend quite  lot of money rebuilding and reorganising the Works  before building any new locos,

- that standardisation of design was an appropriate policy and

- that the Board should back off and let him get on with it (with Dougal Drummond as Works Manager and Robert Billinton as Chief Draughtsman).

The transition is an interesting period, with quite a lot of make and mend before the standard designs started to appear! See the thread on Mr Craven's Engines

Best wishes 

Eric 

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Well after what has been a very long day (Make sure you take your keys with you when you walk out the door that needs a key to open!) I can confirm it is the weekend, and this weekend we will be finishing the Craven brake that we started work on last weekend!! Join us tomorrow at 9pm (UK) to see it done!!

 

I will return tomorrow with the link, in the meantime I shall leave you with the review of last weekends livestream.

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Gary

 

 

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It's the weekend, and this weekend I plan on getting work done on both my Craven brakes, to finish the train for the craven!!

 

Join us tomorrow night at 9pm (UK) to see how we get on.

 

I'll be back with the link tomorrow, in the meantime I will leave you with the review of last weeks livestream.

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

 

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