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The Vital SparkThe British Coastal Trade, 1700-1930$
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John Armstrong

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497308

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.001.0001

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Railways and Coastal Shipping in Britain in the Later Nineteenth Century: Cooperation and Competition

Railways and Coastal Shipping in Britain in the Later Nineteenth Century: Cooperation and Competition

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(p.103) Chapter 7 Railways and Coastal Shipping in Britain in the Later Nineteenth Century: Cooperation and Competition1
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The Vital Spark
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John Armstrong

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.003.0007

This essay charts the lesser-known methods utilised by rail and shipping companies to restrict inter-modal competition in Britain in the late nineteenth century. It examines the collaboration between rail and shipping companies over freight rates and levels of service, via surviving written agreements, Railway Clearing House (RCH) records, and shipping records. It explores the motives for collaboration and offers case studies of several agreements made during the period. Overall, it discovers that collaboration between rail and shipping companies was necessary to keep freight rates fixed and to handle price competition within their sectors.

Keywords:   Railway Conferences, Railway Clearing House, British Steamboat Companies, British Freight Market

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