The layout represents an historical 'might have been' and considers how an L.N.W. branch from the Crewe - Stockport line, near Chelford, may have terminated at Knutsford Station, C.L.C.
Powers were taken in 1865 by the L.N.W. to construct branches from Sandbach to Northwich and Chelford to Knutsford. The former was built but the latter was deferred as the L.N.W. secured access to Knutsford via Altrincham (Cheshire Midland) which became the C.L.C. The layout assumes otherwise.
Construction of a model of the branch junction on the L.N.W. has been built by a member of the group and will subsequently include the C.L.C. terminal as part of a total project.
The modelling period chosen is late 1947, prior to the L.M.S. and the C.L.C. (originally 1/3 Midland, 1/3 G.N.R., 1/3 G.C.R., but subsequently 1/3 L.M.S. and 2/3 L.N.E.R.) losing their separate identity.
Operating potential will cover actual C.L.C. workings; typically Manchester Central to Chester passenger trains and perhaps even the well known limestone hopper train which used this route to gain access to the I.C.I. complex at Northwich.
Branch working, as devised, will be limited to peak hour passenger, motor train and pick-up goods. Interest will be generated in handling this traffic in the restricted track layout, which is a typical C.L.C. wayside station configuration.