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Rolling stock availability - main line AND others - from 1st April - 174/419
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 5th March 2006

First Great Western will be running its main line services based on 52 x 125 sets through the majority of the franchise.

Re: Rolling stock availability - main line AND others - from 1st April - 174/424
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 6th March 2006

It has been rumoured in the railway magazines that something was going to happen with the Adelantes, looks like its confirmed now.

Re: Rolling stock availability - main line AND others - from 1st April - 174/425
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 6th March 2006

[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=174.msg424#msg424 date=1141664274]
I cant believe that there arent some other DMU's that could be cascaded down for use on the former wessex routes, especially with all the new trains introduced across the country in the last decade

We were told on Saturday (Alison Forster) that they can NOT use the London suburban units north from Westbury as the clearances are all wrong at Trowbridge station "unless someone will pay for rebuilding the platform".  Mind you, perhaps it might be cheaper / possible to slew the tracks over as it was broad gauge there at the start.

Re: Rolling stock availability - main line AND others - from 1st April - 174/1943
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 14th November 2006

There is an article in the fleet news section of Rail Magazine Issue 551 that FGW have confirmed a December 2007 handback for the '180's (adelantes)

They have been linked to Virgin Cross Country, First Scot Rail, Trans Pennine Express and First Captital Connect.  The article states that FCC may consider using the diesels under the wires on Kimgs Lynn - London services

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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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