The Origins of Railway Enterprise: The Stockton and Darlington Railway 1821-1863

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 4, 2002 - Business & Economics - 239 pages
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The Stockton and Darlington Railway, the first public railway to be empowered to convey goods and passengers by steam traction, has been dismissed by historians as fulfilling little more than a precursory role in the inauguration of the 'Railway Age'. This book establishes its claim to recognition as a significant element in the maturing phase of Britain's industrialisation after 1830, through an examination of its critical role in the contemporary national debate on the merits of steam power and its direct effect on the economic growth of south Durham and north-east Yorkshire, a region which became the most important iron-producing centre in the world, partly as a result of the Stockton and Darlington Railway's role as a 'fuel artery'. The experience of the company is of direct relevance to economic historians concerned with the regional basis of Britain's industrialisation.
  

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Contents

The Stockton and Darlington Railway in economic and business history
1
The prelude to railways
9
The foundation of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company 18181825
26
Hopes fulfilled 18251333
54
Growth and competition 18341847
96
Crisis 18471850
133
The mature company 18501863
145
Epilogue
174
statement of quantities of coal and other traffic conveyed upon the railway from the commencement to 30 June 1851
182
Directors and senior salaried officials of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company 18251862
184
Principal Acts of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company 18211863
186
Associated undertakings of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company
187
Notes
189
Bibliography
209
Index
219
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Financial and ordinary shared divided record of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company 18251862
180

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