Veteran's art project is on the right track at the Linburn Centre

Posted: 14/12/2017 | Scottish War Blinded

RAF Regiment Veteran, Morton has spent the last 9 months designing and constructing many parts of a functioning model train set at Scottish War Blinded Linburn Centre. Morton has macular degeneration and now has some vision left in one eye. He joined Scottish War Blinded in 2012 and visits the activity hub from Selkirk twice a week.

The project initially came together after Morton brought in an old train set, which had been donated by him and his family. The impressive structure has largely been constructed using a mixture of small ply wooden sticks, polystyrene, clay, paper and felt. Built to scale, the train tracks circulate around a village which features a church, shops, a pub, 5 cottages and a farmhouse. A hillside structure with a ruined castle also overlooks a train station and a bridge.

Morton was not alone in creating this artistic and mechanical feat, crediting his fellow Veterans, George and “the girls” for their assistance in building and decorating many of the structures and fencing.

“Lots of people have contributed to this model, from the houses to the little touches which has been so appreciated and I have had such great satisfaction out of it.”

Art Instructor, David Grigor gave high praise to Morton and those working on the project.

“Morton has painstakingly paid 

David Grigor, Art Instructor and Morton proudy display the model train set

attention to every single detail, so a lot of this is down to how precise he has been; from road signs, to lamposts and telegraph wires, with other members contributing to these and landscape features such as fences, walls. The amount of work and effort which has been poured into the project is incredible.”

Jeremy Christie from Edinburgh & Lothians Miniature Railway Club made a special visit to Linburn to provide both David and Morton with advice regarding some of the more technical aspects of the project.

The model is not quite complete yet, with just a few more details to be put into place. However, Morton is confident that won’t be long saying, “We are hoping to get it finished within the next month or so, maybe in the New Year. We plan to invite our families to come along and enjoy what we have made, especially the young kids.”

“I really enjoy coming up here and meeting new people, it’s excellent. I’ve made many new friends, who are all characters with their own stories about their lives and time in the services. And the staff, they are wonderful, caring and supportive!”

Are you or do you know of a National Service or Armed Forces Veteran with sight loss? It’s free to access the Linburn Centre, Hawkhead Centre and our Scotland-wide outreach service. For more information call 0800 035 6409.