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Experiences of trains late, cancelled or broken down - 1250/3565
Written by nutmeg on Monday, 29th January 2007


January 29th - a train from Bath to Westbury at approx. 12.20 pm apparently suffered a problem with "carriages coming apart". The brakes were applied to slow down and the problem rectified, although the train was of course delayed. Any information on what exactly the matter was with this train and whether this problem has happened before, appreciated.  ???

Re: Experiences of trains late, cancelled or broken down - 1250/3573
Written by Ruthg on Monday, 29th January 2007

I've been on a train between Frome and Bath when the brakes came on suddenly after going through a signal and I'm pretty certain I was on the same train on the Thursday that there were many cancellations because of the weather, again there was a problem with braking and it was a bit of a white knuckle ride. Since then I've been on one that was destined for Weymouth but had to terminate at Frome because of dodgy suspension. It does make me wonder if FGW really are addressing the maintenance issues they say they have.

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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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