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5th August - Melksham to Weymouth Excursion (Provisional) - 2611/5744
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 19th June 2007

To be run by the Melksham Railway Development Group, in association with "Save the Train" - a day out at the seaside.

Leave Melksham at 08:15 (coach to Wetsbury), arrive Weymouth 10:25
Return from Weymouth at 18:00, train back into Melksham at 19:51

Limited to 50 places (that'e the capacity of the coach to Westbury)
From Westbury to Weymouth and return, and on to Melksham, using scheduled trains.
Inclusive fare - t.b.a.

Re: 5th August - Melksham to Weymouth Excursion - 2611/6282
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 14th July 2007


14.50 per adult, 5.00 per child.

Re: 5th August - Melksham to Weymouth Excursion (Provisional) - 2611/6626
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 1st August 2007

Weather forecast is looking good for Weymouth on Sunday - Sunny intervals and highs of 20 degrees.  :)

Re: 5th August - Melksham to Weymouth Excursion (Provisional) - 2611/6706
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 6th August 2007

An excellent trip -

First report:

Pictures from Weymouth:

Re: 5th August - Melksham to Weymouth Excursion (Provisional) - 2611/6708
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 6th August 2007

A very enjoyable day, good trip down and great weather.  I even got sunburnt on the back of my legs.  Great views of Weymouth from the Nothe Fort and Hope square was a nice place to have lunch.  Would be good if this was to become an annual event, hopefully with trains for the whole journey both there and back next year.

A bit hairy on the way back wondering if we were going to make the connection at Westbury with some of us sprinting across the platform to the waiting 153 unit  :)

A side isssue - I am getiing slightly concerned at the state of some of FGW's 'west fleet' rolling stock.  The ex trans pennine units we were in on the way back had the slow shutting door Graham has mentioned, plus faulty air conditioningin I think 2 of the 3 coaches and the toilet door in our coach was stuck open meaning the toilet could not be used, not unless you wanted the whole coach to see you that is.  I seem to remember these units being in very good order when FGW first took them on  ???

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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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