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Turning back the clock... - 1637/4328
Written by philmcm on Thursday, 15th March 2007

From the Melksham News, Thursday 16th May 1985 (Melksham's first train for 19 years ran on 11th May 1985). Several points of interest here, not least of which are the times of trains to and from Melksham (and look at those prices!)

Re: Turning back the clock... - 1637/4329
Written by philmcm on Thursday, 15th March 2007

Another spread from the same issue of the Melksham News for 1985, and again more points of interest...

To begin with, note how a local travel agent (conveniently based in central Melksham; the same premises was until very recently a Thomas Cook's) advertised a "full range of tickets and Rail Cards" in 1985 - and yet at a recent meeting, the representative from Melksham's Tourist Information Bureau claimed not to have any train timetables, even, let alone tickets, and seemed more interested in promoting National Express Coaches.

Secondly, Melksham Churches (presumably a committee thereof, rather than the buildings themselves) are mentioned as having organised a train excursion... does anyone know anyone who went on one of these? Is it something the churches might be interested in doing again, perhaps? (I'd go so long as the fares weren't too steeple  :D)

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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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