I know Anderson gets a very bad press, but let's be even handed. At the Midland, he had been in charge of operations at a very well operated, efficient and well-run railway. His ideas about frequent lighter trains were right - it just took decades for some lines to catch on to it! The engines he ordered on the Midland were perfectly adequate and compared very well with other company's engines. On the LMS, he may well have over-reached himself (compared to other companies' ways of doing things) and he seems to have stuck to standard components well beyond their sensible application. In doing so, he led the LMS into trouble - although not quite the crisis it is sometimes portrayed as. Everyone got where they needed to go any the company didn't go bust!