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Voyager To Run On West Somerset Railway - 1374/3843
Written by Lee on Friday, 9th February 2007

A Virgin CrossCountry Voyager train will contrast the latest in West Country rail travel with the past glory of steam when it runs from Bristol to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway during two Spring Steam Gala weekends in March (link below)

On Saturdays and Sundays during the weekends , March 17/18 and 24/25 , the state-of-the-art Voyager will leave Bristol Temple Meads and call at Weston-super-Mare and Taunton before connecting with an historic steam train at Bishops Lydeard for journeys to Minehead.

Re: Voyager To Run On West Somerset Railway - 1374/3855
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 10th February 2007

Excellent ... good public relations / marketing / encouragement.

I find myself wondering about a Sunday Summer excursion from Swindon, Chippenham and Melksham to Weymouth .... do you think our local t.o.c. could spare us a 158?  Perhaps attach it to another service at Westbury if they're concerned at single track occupancy?

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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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