Some thoughts on how we can retain more young folk in the south of Scotland. In an age where car ownership is again becoming a luxury for the young, perhaps we need to re-visit the public transport infrastructure. I doubt it will bring back the Port Road or a railway through Newcastleton but maybe we need some kind of new public transport settlement for the 21st Century.

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The South of Scotland is big, beautiful and it’s dying, or at least it’s age profile suggests that it’s heading that way.

Borderlands – Our Future a report on issues facing the South of Scotland (defined as the UK parliamentary constituencies of Dumfries and Galloway; Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk) published this week by the Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee highlights some of the issues: an ageing population, poorly paid jobs and poor infrastructure. It examines the problems facing the region, and comes up with some solutions which go in the right direction, but don’t seem to provide the step changes to which are really needed to revitalise the region.

Compared to the Scotland overall the population in the South of Scotland is older, and in particular there is a dearth of people aged 16 – 44 while over a quarter of the population are over 60.  This…

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Cambrian BR Diagram 1/472 Bolster D

Back in January I made a start on the superstructure of the kit and then went on to concentrate on the Bogie Bolster E. Remember that?

Anyway, I decided to crack on with the Bobol D tonight and she has had the bogies and bolsters fitted. Tomorrow night I’ll add brake gear and stanchions after which the paint shop beckons.image

ALB-008; The Inglourious Westerns…

Another one out the door! 😊

Alba Weathering and Effects

image ALB-008 has now passed into the hands of its owner. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time or optimum conditions to photograph the loco, D1075 Western Glory, but the owner wanted a careworn and somewhat scabby mid-1970s look for this model. Re-creating this was something of a challenge but I developed a couple of new techniques, partly by chance as a result. I’ll conduct a few experiments to see if I can develop them.

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ALB-007 Licensed to Thrill?

Alba Weathering and Effects

Well, I certainly hope it’s owner is thrilled with the new look I’ve given his model. This is a 7mm scale Black Five, representing number 44795, formerly of Kingmoor shed in Carlisle. Although the light is poor today it’s still sufficient to show the effects off to the camera.
Previously I hadn’t really been blown away by the Humbrol weathering washes, preferring the Mig Productions equivalent but I thought the model was still looking a bit 2-dimensional before applying it and it really does seem to have been the last bit of icing on this particular cake.image

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