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07:17 Wed 7th - 1358/3803
Written by Dawn on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

The 07:17 ran this morning but was late.  The information point told us it was running until  07:17, then rang out for ages and eventually when it had rang off and we pressed the button again said there was not a train for 99 mins.  I rang National Rail Enquires and was told it was running 9 mins late.  When the rain arrived the conductor told the 3 of us that got on at Melksham that FGW hadn't told the conductor who was supposed to working the service that he/she was and that he (the one on the train) was a last minute stand in.

Still, at least a train ran and it was warm.

Re: 07:17 Wed 7th - 1358/3805
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

Hi, Dawn .. thanks for this.  There seem to be a lot of "no report"s coming up on my monitor log .... and I'm sure that many of them are because of this sort of thing.  It's doesn't inspire confidence, does it?

Re: 07:17 Wed 7th - 1358/3809
Written by James on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

"Digital Dorris" (what we call the Wessex Stations Passenger Info system) has a habbit of doing this. If a train does not "Report" at "your" location within FOUR minutes of the expected time then it will automaticlly vanish

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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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