Cottingfield is a modern image N gauge layout and the fourth one by it’s creator Richard. Focussing on a TMD (traction maintenance depot) there is a light industrial area and a two track main line. The combination of options means there should be something to entertain everyone.

Born out of change in circumstances that meant previous plans had to be put on hold. This model is a much smaller layout than the original plan for ‘What The Hull‘.

However, the change of direction still leaves of operating potential. At a reduced size of 240cm x 75cm (8′ x 2.5′) this shows the benefit of modelling in N Gauge. In the compacted layout we have a fully functioning servicing point, and two track mainline.

The location is a bit vague to say the least, rural Yorkshire, on the edge of a major conurbation. This was I get to model country and cityscapes in one layout. Possibly more importantly, I also have the option to just put my feet up and watch the trains go by.

Like What The Hull – I still aim for this to be an exhibitable layout – and at only 2 boards it should easily fit in a large car fingers crossed. A major difference though will the electrification of the main line which leads to increased options. Also more variety in traction to be seen as well.

The progress will be documented on this site over time – any thoughts and comments will of course be gratefully received.