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Where is this? - 1607/4263
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th March 2007

Not got it?

Re: Where is this? - 1607/4264
Written by Nick Field on Sunday, 11th March 2007

I'll give others a clue - The spendid and delightful  :)

Re: Where is this? - 1607/4265
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th March 2007

[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=1607.msg4264#msg4264 date=1173646428]
I'll give others a clue - The spendid and delightful

Re: Where is this? - 1607/4307
Written by James on Tuesday, 13th March 2007

Bristol & Bath Railway Path?

Re: Where is this? - 1607/4308
Written by philmcm on Wednesday, 14th March 2007

I know it - it's Titfield Thunderbolt country  :)

I can never work out where the best place to park and access that stretch of (former) line is though - any suggestions gratefully received

Re: Where is this? - 1607/4309
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 14th March 2007

Its the old Somerset and Dorset line in Midford - Park up in one of the boozers and have a beer before exploring, or catch a bus from Bath Spa!
One wonders how useful this line could be now - some reasonably large settlements are no longer rail connected (Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Shepton Mallett, Wincanton and Blandford Forum)
I have a very interesting book about the line full of 'then and now' pictures.
I am actually quite glad parts of it are a cycle track.

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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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