The failure of a business. The railway from Barcelona to Saragossa

Authors

  • Rafael Barquín Universidad de Burgos

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v16i34.19808

Keywords:

Railway, Wheelwright, Transport, Wheat

Abstract

The paper is based on four main documentary sources. Firstyly, a 1857 Barcelona-Saragossa Railway Company report on the business expectations, before the line was constructed. Secondly, the Annual Accounts of 1864 and other statistics reported by the company’s Board of Directors. Thirdly, the 1857 and 1858 Statistics of Road Transport filled in by several councils of the province of Saragossa. Finally, the prices of Aragonese wheat sold in Barcelona and others cities. From the study of these sources we conclude that one of the main problems of the Barcelona to Saragossa railway company (and, perhaps, of other Spanish ones) was the competition of traditional systems of transport; mainly the wheelwright.

Published

2017-09-04

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Articles