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Early Start - 1457/3988
Written by Dawn on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

Well this morning the 07:17 left Melksham 3 mins EARLY!  Good job I and the other 5 or 6 that got on didn't arrive on time.  We were also told that it left Trowbridge early and then it sat at Chippenham for 4 mins to get back on time.

Re: Early Start - 1457/3989
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

Train on time this AM , this was due to the 7.03 not arriving later at Trowbridge. It was still at Frome. :o

Re: Early Start - 1457/3991
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

So that probably meant that Ruth & co missed it  :'(

Re: Early Start - 1457/3995
Written by Dawn on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

I think they probably did miss it, at least I didn't see them

Re: Early Start - 1457/3996
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

If a bus runs early its a bigger sin than if it runs late (as the next one has to pick up many more passengers) does the same rule apply to trains?  (I would not be expecting people to hang around for 12 hours by the way) but I imagine the rule would apply to the Melksham line as well as those that enjoy a more frequent service.

Re: Early Start - 1457/3998
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

Yes, I would sugget it would be a bigger sin to run early.  The 21:43 on Sunday night arrived in about 3 minutes early and sat and waited for time ... with the handful of passengers on board wondering what was happening.  Running early as the train did thie morning can mean tha people needlessly miss it; not a problem on the Central line at Marble Arch, but more of an issue at Fishguard, Melksham, Luxulyan ....

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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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