Located in the Wirral Peninsula, Hooton is roughly half way between Chester and Birkenhead. Despite being in a rural area the station had, in the 1950's, seven platforms, three freight yards, two signal boxes (one Special Class) and two branch lines. Many freight trains reversed at Hooton so their locomotives needed to 'run round'.
It is a busy simulation and the 1954/55 timetable includes local passenger trains, trains to various destinations in North Wales and also long distance trains to Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Bournemouth and Margate/Ramsgate, as well as expresses between Birkenhead and Paddington. In addition there was a lot of freight traffic serving the docks in Birkenhead, the massive Lever Brothers factories at Port Sunlight, the industrial area of Ellesmere Port and the oil refineries at Stanlow & Thornton.