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On line, but not around in person - 241/619
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 20th May 2006

Please note that from 19th May to 1st June, I've got to be out of the country to give training courses.  Such is the way I earn my living ....

I will be on line as and when I can be, but it looks like that may be patchy.  I can certainly send / receive emails most days (Fridays may be a problem as it's the Holy day here), and check the forum from time to time.  And I've got plenty of time in the evening to compose letters ;-)

Re: On line, but not around in person - 241/632
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 25th May 2006

Just "bumping" this up the list in case anyone wonders where I am .... I'm in Saudi Arabia, where they're planning two new railway lines of 100km each at the moment .... on line most days, though I'm far away

-- Graham

Re: On line, but not around in person - 241/637
Written by Lee on Thursday, 25th May 2006

Good news about the new Saudi lines. Unfortunately there was less good news from elsewhere. North Korea has cancelled a trial run of trains across the border with the South. The first test of the rail link had been scheduled for today.

Here are a couple of articles on this.

Re: On line, but not around in person - 241/638
Written by Lee on Thursday, 25th May 2006

There are problems facing the French railway system as well.

Re: On line, but not around in person - 241/644
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 28th May 2006

Lee, I see the Telegraph comments:

"[i]Britain spends

Re: On line, but not around in person - 241/645
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 28th May 2006

Could this high amount be due to lack on investment in the passed, and now there is alot of catching up to do.

Re: On line, but not around in person - 241/646
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 30th May 2006

Well they keep saying that there is a tidal wave of work to be done due to lack of investment during the 70'a and 80's

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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