Henry Booth was appointed as the secretary to the company and subsequently he was appointed as the treasurer. He was also the company historian. He recommended to Robert Stephenson that Rocket should be fitted with a multi-tube boiler and it was this that enabled it to win the Rainhill Trials.
"Perhaps the most striking result produced by the completion of this railway, is the sudden change which has been effected in our ideas of time and space. What was quick is now slow; what was distant is now near."