Its a tough one as these were still being experimented with by early aviators was pretty much classed and regarded as a secret weapon by most countries with their advancement.The Germans took it to the maximum with Zepellins.(A great WW1 feature)
Thansk again you sure came tops with the Crimean Railway book , a great read thanks.
think this book might help
" Balloons and Airships" by Lennart Ege, edited by Kenneth Munson, published by Blandford Press Ltd in 1970's
haven't got the book my self so not sure what it contains or if it covers the periods we want but worth a try, unless someone out there knows better
cheers old john