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Alison's latest - 1526/4131
Written by tramway on Thursday, 1st March 2007

Has anyone had an opportunity to read Alison Forsters PR spin in the latest issue of RAIL magazine, she does like her shiney new HSTs doesn't she, funny how she found time to talk to a major industry mag and has declined to talk to customers, apart from one grovelling letter under pressure from ministers. Wonder if Frome was an early diagram.  ;)

She didn't appear to get much of a grilling over continuing problems such as the 3 recent HST fires, the customers this morning who were frustrated by delays due to lack of coolant in a 143, delayed 15 min at Temple Meads while a watering can was found. FGW obviously more interested in sticking bits of blue plastic to the outsides of the trains than trying to fix internal problems.  >:(

And there was a worrying statement  "

Re: Alison's latest - 1526/4207
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 8th March 2007

[quote author=tramway link=topic=1526.msg4131#msg4131 date=1172758981]

She didn't appear to get much of a grilling over continuing problems such as the 3 recent HST fires,


There was another engine fire last night:

At the Travelwatch South West meeting on Saturday last in Taunton Glenda Lamont (FGW customer service director) confirmed that the new MTU engines (cleaner and more fule efficient) were being installed into the HST power cars 'thick and fast'
One would assume that these fires are occurring in the power cars still with the old paxman valenta engines.  Perhaps in the knowledge that they are about to be refurbished maintenance standards are dropping a little?

PS Power Cars with the new MTU engines can be identified easily because they currently have a plain blue livery and dont make the shrill noise like the old paxman valenta engines

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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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