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Subject: British Railway Mania 1844-1850
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Asked by: garryduff-ga
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Posted: 22 May 2006 06:33 PDT
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Question ID: 731249
Are there any historical or academic works which examine the British
Railway Mania which occurred between 1844 and 1850?

I have already accessed the following materials:
The railway mania and its aftermath, 1845-1852
Lewin, Henry Grote, 1874-1936 

The Commercial crisis, 1847-1848 
Evans, David Morier, 1819-1874
Institute of Economic Affairs

Accounting for the Railway Mania of 1845 - A Great Railway Swindle?
Accounting, Organizations and Society (1991), vol. 6, pp.439-86.
R.A. Bryer
Subject: Re: British Railway Mania 1844-1850
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 22 May 2006 08:02 PDT
Dear garryduff-ga,

I have searched the British Library catalogue and COPAC (National and
Academic Library database) and found further sources for you. They
vary from books and academic materials to primary source documents
from the period. I hope that this is what you are seeking. You will
need to search each database for the items to ascertain where they are
archived and how to access them. For your information I have included
the original search term I used to find them, but now you know the
titles, just search for them.

British Library catalogue.

Search: Railway mania

Harris, Peter, 1987
Bristol?s railway mania, 1862-1864.
ISBN: 0901388491

Robertson, C.J.A.  1985	 
The railway mania and its aftermath in Scotland, 1844-54.
Economic and Social Research Council

Macfarlane, A.,
Railway Scrip: or, the Evils of Speculation. A tale of the Railway Mania.

Search: railroad mania

McCartney, S. 2000
Awaking to the reality of general ruin' : the effects of the 1845-7
mania aftermath on the accounting practices of railway companies.
University of Essex 

Search: railroad speculation

A director 1845
 A short and sure guide to Railway speculation ... By a successful
operator. Seventh edition with additions.

HARVEY, Daniel Whittle. 1846
An address upon the law and liabilities of Railway Speculation, with
hints for legislative interference.

Search: Railway investment

Hudson, Sarah J. 2001
Attitudes to investment risk amongst West Midland Canal and Railway
Company investors, 1760-1850 / by Sarah J. Hudson.
University of Warwick Ph.d thesis

SMITH, Arthur, Writer on Railways. 1847
The Eastern Counties Railway viewed as an investment: with statistical
information ... showing the powers possessed by this Company of
raising money, etc.

Arnold, A J. 2001
Returns to investment and profitability in British railway companies in 1830-55.
Economic research council

Search: railroad investment

CLEVELAND, Robert Frank. 1848
The London and North Western Railway. Are railways a good investment?
The question considered, by an examination of the last half-yearly
statements of the six leading companies.

Search: Victorian railway

Ransom, P. J. G. 1990
The Victorian railway and how it evolved / P. J. G. Ransom.
ISBN: 0434980838

Simmons, Jack, 1915-
The Victorian railway / Jack Simmons.
ISBN 050025110X 

COPAC database

Search: Railway mania

Devil take the hindmost : a history of financial speculation / Edward Chancellor
Publisher:	New York : Plume, 2000
(includes account of railway mania)

Main Author:	Davies, Hunter
Title Details:	George Stephenson: 
(includes account of railway mania)

Title Details:	Enter rumour : four early Victorian scandals / [Robert
Bernard Martin]
Publisher:	London : Faber and Faber, [1962]
(includes account of railway mania)

Main Author:	Richardson, James, solicitor
Title Details:	The mysteries of Hudson's railway frauds exposed ...; a
revised and complete report of the recent trial for libel, Richardson
v. Wodson; with preliminary observations on the railway mania of
1845-6-7-8; also a biographical sketch of Mr. George Hudson, M.P. for
Sutherland; together with an appendix
Publisher:	London, [1850]

Internet sources (some may require payment for the full articles):

Railway Capital in the United Kingdom in the Nineteenth Century 
G. R. Hawke, M. C. Reed
Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Aug., 1969) , pp. 269-286

Title:  The railway mania of 1845-1847: Market irrationality or
collusive swindle based on accounting distortions?
Author(s): S. McCartney, A.J. Arnold

The Railway in England and Wales 1830-1914. Vol. I: The System and Its
Working by Jack Simmons
Review author[s]: Stephen Salsbury
Business History Review, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Winter, 1979) , pp. 563-565

The creation of myths?
The evidential basis for beliefs concerning the
accounting practices of the early railway companies

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
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soon as I receive it.
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