Lowe Quay represents a goods yard somewhere to the south east of London, circa 1960; its situation being such that whilst mostly Southern Region locomotives can be seen, the occasional Western and London Midland Region loco will appear on cross-London transfer freights. The quay is alongside a small creek off the River Thames, providing a link to the London Docks and the canal network, allowing interchange of freight between coastal shipping, barges and rail, whilst substantial loading docks allow similar interchange between road and rail. Motive power is mostly, but not exclusively, steam; most of the work is carried out by small shunting engines, with little main line power to be seen.
In the background, a high-level station features a shuttle service to an off-layout main line junction. This service is operated by push-pull steam trains or diesel multiple units, this may change to electric units in the future. It operates independently of the goods yard. Entrance to the yard is via two bridges under the high-level line, one at each end. Trains are held off-scene in fiddle yards at each end of the layout.