James Brodie wrote:Any criticism he delayed Ravens plans for electrification but maybe I am being unjust and unfair as if the railways had been electrified I might not have got started on the N.E. area of the railways and experienced sixty wonderful years of the magic of steam.
James Brodie. Potential platform edge white line painter
This is another of those old chestnuts that need roasting from time to time.
First, Raven's plans were for the NER only, whereas Gresley had the whole of the LNER to provide motive power for as CME.
Second, the CME only put forward proposals concerning motive power. These were routine in the sense of scrapping of old locomotives and building replacements for them, and new construction to address specific traffics, increased loadings, and so on.
It was a joint meeting of the Locomotive and Traffic Committees that considered the proposals submitted, and accepted, modified, or rejected them as they saw appropriate. The carriage and wagon programmes were similarly decided.
Whilst the CME might have made recommendations he did not set the overall policies, merely implemented them, so it would never have been within Gresley's purview to decide to build electric locomotives, and it is very doubtful that the LNER Board would have permitted Raven to do so, had he been appointed CME.