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Extra freight via Melksham - 1949/4767
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 12th April 2007

Bit of a late report ... but I know there were questions about increased freight.

Tuesday, about 14:45.  Coming off the line from Melksham at Thingley Junction, 2 x class 66 locomotives in Frieghliner colours pulling a Freightliner train.  Something to do with our line being used for diversions, with Basingstoke closed, or something more permanent?

Re: Extra freight via Melksham - 1949/4768
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 12th April 2007

Have been meaning to post this all day:

This morning at about 0730 noticed a freight train full with Honda cars heading westbound through Chippenham.  Was travelling very slowly so looks likes it was about to divert via Melksham.

Lines through Basingstoke were closed at Easter, but I thought they had re opened by now?

Re: Extra freight via Melksham - 1949/4769
Written by Lee on Thursday, 12th April 2007

The Basingstoke engineering work doesnt end until April 15.

It should be noted though , that the Melksham line forms part of the clear number 2 route for freight between Southampton - West Midlands / The North (via Westbury & Didcot) , behind the route through Basingstoke & Reading which is generally thought to be at full capacity.

There have also been several reports of extra freight trains running along the route of the former Swindon - Southampton service during "normal" or non - engineering work affected times.

Re: Extra freight via Melksham - 1949/4783
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 13th April 2007

[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=1949.msg4768#msg4768 date=1176388905]
This morning at about 0730 noticed a freight train full with Honda cars heading westbound through Chippenham.

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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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