This layout is intended for simplicity in construction and to allow automatic operation, should this be required. The rationale for the actual location is taken from Lydney, itself a station on the Gloucester to South Wales main line. It is a small passenger station with a service approximately every two hours, consisting mainly of multiple units now operated by Arriva Trains. There are also through freight and passenger services and the occasional special charter for the preserved Dean Forest Railway, which is linked via Lydney station to the main line.
Lydmouth will be set in the present day and uses part of this real scenario, with its main line and level crossing. However, its fictional location will be placed some distance south of the real location. The name Lydmouth has been derived from two sources, the river Lyd, and the fictional location used in the crime and mystery novels of local author Andrew Taylor.
The track plan shows a double track main line with a level crossing which will allow road access to an industrial estate. The crossing will operate electrically with my own design electronic control system, and all coloured light signals will function as with the prototype and will also be of my own construction. Control of the layout will be by two hand held controllers, with the option of an automatic shuttle.