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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 4th February 2006
FACT - a train can be turned around in 12 minutes.
FICTION - it takes 40 minutes to turn around a train.
YES - it IS possible to turn around the TransWilts train at Chippenham without interferring with the main line train.
Yesterday evening - the 17:02 from Melksham was to be terminated at Melksham.
It followed the 17:25 to Paddington into the London bound platform, arriving in there at 17:30. It left again (back towards Westbury) at 17:33. The signals for a Bath train from the other platform cleared at 17:37, indicating that it was clear of the main line at Thingley junction.
That's just TWELVE MINUTES.
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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.
-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021
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