Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
New Spam post filter - 2263/5224
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 14th May 2007

We're getting a high volume of spam on this board (unsolicited postings that are advertising or off topic) contrary to the posting agreement which users sign when they join. Such posts have a typical "profile" and will henceforth be automatically deleted by our "bot" which goes round much more frequently than the train calls in Melksham ;-)

To newcomers - we WELCOME on-topic posts but it's - just - possible that you'll find that your first post gets caught by our traps; if that's the case, please LET ME KNOW and I'll be able to advise - via

To old hands - if you see a post that's only a few minutes old that shouldn't be around ... no need to tell us - it should go.  And if you see a board with a blank "latest post" it means that the latesst post has been autodeleted

Re: New Spam post filter - 2263/10503
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd March 2008

An update - I have added a fresh filter to the site which is designed to control some of the pornographic posts that was have been getting.  Hopefully they won't trap any genuine posts - I've added a restriction on images in people's first few posts which I don't imagine will cause a problem, but if it does let me know.

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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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