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Ely Bridge Damaged By Derailed Train - 2662/5829
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd June 2007

Two rail trucks full of ballast were left dangling over a bridge crossing a river in Cambridgeshire after a train derailed (link below.)

The rail line , mostly used by freight trains , was closed near Ely station but no-one was hurt.

Eleven of the EWS train's 37 trucks fell on to their sides with two hanging over a bridge over the River Ouse.

The train involved was travelling from Mountsorrel in Leicestershire to Chelmsford in Essex carrying aggregates.

Re: Ely Bridge Damaged By Derailed Train - 2662/6601
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 31st July 2007

Network Rail says the Ely to Bury St Edmunds line , which has been shut since the accident , could remain closed until the end of the year (link below.)

Re: Ely Bridge Damaged By Derailed Train - 2662/6824
Written by Lee on Monday, 13th August 2007

The operation to replace the rail bridge at Ely damaged by derailed EWS wagons has cost

Re: Ely Bridge Damaged By Derailed Train - 2662/8015
Written by Lee on Thursday, 4th October 2007

Work has begun to rebuild the rail bridge (link below.)

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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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