History Talks with Don Chiswell - The Railway Manias

WED 18 APR 7.30PM During the 1830’s and 1840’s Britain was gripped by two ‘Railway Manias’ driven by a mixture of vision and greed which saw fortunes made and lost. ‘The press supported the mania: the government sanctioned it: the people paid for it. Railways were at once a fashion, and frenzy. England was mapped out for the iron roads’ (A writer of 1851).

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