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The future look of (any) trains that we have left. - 1085/3078
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 16th January 2007

Newly emerged from a repaint in Plymouth (but picture taken in Exeter), here's one of the 150 fleet - 150244 - in First's new branding.


Thsi unit emereged from the paint shops there last Friday night ... I'm sure that the passengers on the Looe Branch, the St Ives line, and the TransWilts are really happy that FGW prioritised the repainting/rebranding of the train over using it to actually run services on those lines that week.

Re: The future look of (any) trains that we have left. - 1085/3082
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 16th January 2007

I am sure virtually every passenger would of preferred the re painting to be delayed until more stock is available  :)
Have the interiors been re trimmed as well?

Re: The future look of (any) trains that we have left. - 1085/3091
Written by Steve35 on Tuesday, 16th January 2007

Just one thing - it hasn't actually been repainted. It's been vinyled. The livery is on big sheets of vinyl which you just stick on the side of the train. Much quicker than actually painting it and as an added bonus it's easier to remove graffiti too - in a worst case scenario you just peel off the affected vinyl and stick a new piece on

Re: The future look of (any) trains that we have left. - 1085/3258
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 20th January 2007

[quote author=Steve35 link=topic=1085.msg3091#msg3091 date=1168954846]
Just one thing - it hasn't actually been repainted. It's been vinyled.

Vinyling is much quicker than painting, you can vinyl a train in just a day or two.

Thanks, Steve. Understood and it sound more efficient.  I rather think, mind you, that any such cosmetics that cause trains to be out of service for even a day or two and push people to the buses aren't very good PR at the moment!

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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