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1837 The line was sanctioned.
1839 Advertising for funds by R. L. Jones the Treasurer of the company. 
1840 On the 1st of October the line was opened.
1840 The line became of great possible value when it was in 1840, detrmined that the mail route to Ireland should be by Crewe and Holyhead. Without therefore, waiting to absorb the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the Bolton and Leigh Railway, the Grand Junction Railway obtained possession of the Chester and Crewe Railway, for fear it should fall into the hands of the Manchester and Birmingham Railway.