Buses Bodybuilders, Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, CRAVENS Sheffield, UK

CRAVENS Buses Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, Sheffield, UK

011931 OC1 Cravens of Sheffield KarrierRoRaileratthefactoryofCravensafterthefittingofthebodywork

OC1 Cravens of Sheffield Karrier RoRailer at the factory of Cravens after the fitting of the bodywork

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1932 Cravens 27-38 Ro-Railer-1932

1932 Karrier Cravens 27-38 Ro-Railer

1932 Karrier Cravens 860

1932 Karrier Cravens 860

1932 Karrier Cravens LMS Ro_Railer5 1932 Karrier Cravens LMS_Ro-Railer4 1932 Karrier Cravens new_Ro_Railer 1932 Karrier Cravens new_Ro_Railer_1

1932 Karrier Cravens LMS_Ro-Railer4

1935 Cravens bodied Leylan Lion 92 Central Stn

1935 Cravens bodied Leyland Lion 92 Central Stn

Cravens Carriage and Wagon Company Limited produced high class railway coaches and carriages for orders all over the world.  The works occupied a large site on Staniforth Road, Darnall, Sheffield and employed hundreds of men (and women) from the local area.  A form of sprayed (blue) asbestos was used in the construction of the railway coaches and sadly this industry, despite its world class reputation at the time, has left a deadly legacy in the Sheffield area. 

1936 AEC 661T with Cravens H26-26R body a 1936 AEC 661T with Cravens H26-26R body

1936 AEC 661T with Cravens H26-26R body

We have had the sad privilege of representing many former employees, from senior management to cleaning staff.  No one could escape the lethal effects of the asbestos dust. We have represented draftsman, template makers, coach builders and fitters and many more who have developed asbestos related diseases, both benign and malignant, as a result of their work at Cravens in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  The railway coach and carriage building industry was at its peak during this time.  In later years, as the railway coach industry began to decline, Cravens focussed more on wagon and container production for rail and road.  In the 1970’s and 80’s Cravens developed injection moulding machines for plastics at the Staniforth Road, Darnall, Sheffield site.  This was under the name of Cravens Machines Limited or Bone Cravens Limited.  Many of the employees of Cravens Machines Limited/Bone Cravens Limited were also exposed to asbestos from contamination of the works at Staniforth Road. 

1936 Cravens bodied AEC Regal 1

1936 Cravens bodied AEC Regal 1

The steel chassis of the railway coach was sprayed with blue limpet asbestos (manufactured by JW Roberts Limited).  This was for fire protection and for noise insulation.  The coach frame was then fitted out on the exterior and interior.  The coach builders and fitters would drill and cut through the dried asbestos insulation in order to fit out the timber interior.  The coaches were fitted to a high standard by quality craftsman.  Many employees remember the railway coaches that were built for the King of Siam.  They were finished with gold plating in some areas and Cravens even held an open day for their employees and families to view the finished coaches before they were shipped overseas. 

1936 Leyland Cravens B32R EFJ-666_thumb

1936 Leyland Cravens B32R EFJ-666_thumb

The Cravens men took great pride in their work and many men remember their days with affection when they learnt a valuable trade.  Many were members of the Cravens football team. They also describe the fun they had, as young lads, making snowballs out of the left over sprayed asbestos.  Little did they know at the time the devastating effect that this could have on their health 30 to 60 years later.  Their employer failed to warn them of the risk that the asbestos materials presented to their health.  They were not warned or provided with any respiratory protection.

1936 Leyland TD4C originally Cravens H29-26R.

1936 Leyland TD4C originally Cravens H29-26R.

The Cravens business ceased to exist in the 1990’s but claims can still be brought against the resurrected company.  The claims are handled by claims handlers for the insurers of Cravens who are also now in an insolvency arrangement.  Successful claims for compensation are ultimately paid by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.  Documents filed at Companies House show the various name changes of Cravens as follows:-

1936 Leyland Titan TD4 built in 1936 with Cravens bodywork

1936 Leyland Titan TD4 built in 1936 with Cravens bodywork

• Company incorporated in July 1891 as Cravens Limited.

1937 AEC Regal with a Cravens DP32R body

1937 AEC Regal with a Cravens DP32R body

• Changed its name to Cravens Carriage and Wagon Company Limited in July 1919.

1937 AEC Regal with Cravens B32R body

1937 AEC Regal with Cravens B32R body

• Changed its name to Cravens Limited in June 1954.

1937 Bussen AEC Regent I DAU462 Craven H56R

1937 Bussen AEC Regent I DAU462 Craven H56R

• Changed its name to Cravens Homalloy (Sheffield) Limited in July 1967.

1937 Leyland TD double decker DFJ560 with Craven H30-24R body

1937 Leyland TD double decker DFJ560 with Craven H30-24R body

• Changed its name to Craven Tasker (Sheffield) Limited in April 1977.

1938 Cravens Body from Sheffield OBPJan2012285

1938 Cravens Body from Sheffield OBPJan2012285

• Changed its name to Montracon Tasker Limited in March 1993.

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1892 Cravens Brothers Jubilee carriage body nr 353

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 cravens ad

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1900 Cravens Composite No. 412 Metropolitan Railway Bluebell Railway 1964 Keynes

Cravens Ad

Cravens Ad

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1900 Relaunch Cravens Composite No. 412 Metropolitan Railway Bluebell Railway opgeknapt

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1908-Brad-Cravens

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1923 Built by Cravens Ltd., Sheffield

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1923 Cravens Sheffield Tram

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1930 Cravens

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Cravens Sheffield Tramcar 123 on Abbey Lane, Beauchief.

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Cravens Sheffield Tramway tramcar 74 at the National Tramway Museum, Crich

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CRAVEN BROs. SHEFFIELD Collectable Waggon Sign

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Cravens Sheffield Tramway tramcar 510

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 1937 Bussen AEC Regent I DAU462 Cravens H56R

1938 Cravens H26-24R. Having dabbled with Leyland TD1 & 2's

1938 Cravens H26-24R. Having dabbled with Leyland TD1 & 2’s

1938 Cravens Sheffield Corporation - Leyland Titan PD2

1938 Cravens Sheffield Corporation – Leyland Titan PD2

1938 Crossley TDD4s with Craven body

1938 Crossley TDD4s with Craven body

1946 Cravens H30-26R bodied Crossley DD42-3

1946 Cravens H30-26R bodied Crossley DD42-3

1947 AEC Cravens Bodied Bus OC8 Neepsend of Sheffield

1947 AEC Cravens Bodied Bus OC8 Neepsend of Sheffield

1948 AEC Cravens H56R KGK-750_thumb

1948 AEC Cravens H56R KGK-750

1948 Guy Arab III with Cravens H30-26R bodywork

1948 Guy Arab III with Cravens H30-26R bodywork

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1949 Bussen Cravens Sheffield UK

1949 Cravens bodied AEC Regent III

1949 Cravens bodied AEC Regent III

1950 The small batch of RTs bodied by Cravens of Sheffield

1950 The small batch of RTs bodied by Cravens of Sheffield

1958 Cravens bodied AEC Regent III Carlton Colville 001

1958 Cravens bodied AEC Regent III Carlton Colville 001

1966 Bedford VAS1 Craven B22F

1966 Bedford VAS1 Craven B22F

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Cravens rarity

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Cravens bodied AEC Regal 1

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Cravens Body Builders Sheffield

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Cravens Body from Sheffield OBPJan

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Cravens Company of Sheffield built 405 railcars

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Cravens H26-24R. Having dabbled with Leyland TD1 & 2′s

 1949 Cravens bodied AEC DDKGK-750

1949 Cravens bodied AEC DDKGK-750

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Cravens Limited Sheffield England

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Cravens of Sheffield a60 stock at baker street

1960 Cravens Tube Stock.

 1960 Cravens Tube Stock

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 Cravens Sheffield Metro’s 5091-wembley-park medium

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Cravens Sheffield Train

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Cravens Sheffield Corporation – Leyland Titan PD2

Cravens bodied busCravens bodied bus

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Cravens Trolley RV-9148

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DMU Class 105 Cravens

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One of the Cravens units at Grange Hill in the early 1990s 1960TS

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Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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