During 1825 Booth was a vigorous proponent of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company (L&M). At the first general meeting of the railway's shareholders on 29 May 1826, he was appointed to be one of the L&M's twelve initial directors. Next day the directors appointed him as company secretary and treasurer— equivalent to the post of chief executive officer— at a salary of £500 a year. He continued to competently fill those important posts until 1846. Booth was a leading proponent of working all British railways to one standard time.
On the formation of the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) on 16 July 1846, he became a director of the new large company, serving until 18 May 1859. He was also the LNWR's first secretary between 1846 and 1848.
- Smiles, Robert (1869). Memoir of the Late Henry Booth, of the Liverpool and Manchester, and Afterwards of the London and North-Western Railway. London: Wyman & Sons.
- Liverpool & Manchester Railway 1830–1980, Frank Ferneyhough, Book Club Associates, England, 1980 (No ISBN)
- Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies, Christopher Awdry, Guild Publishing, England, 1990, CN 8983
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