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Steam Bradford on Avon 150 - 2753/5952
Written by Lee on Thursday, 28th June 2007

Rail enthusiasts in Bradford on Avon have confirmed that a steam engine will be coming to the town next month (link below.)

Admission to the event at Bradford on Avon Railway Station on Saturday , July 21 and Sunday , July 22 is free and visitors will be able to stand inside the train cabin and blow the whistle.

There will also be a variety of stalls and a model railway exhibition.

Funding for the event and transport costs of the low-loader has been secured through donations from Bradford on Avon Town Council , First Great Western , Network Rail and many other local sources.

For more information contact Mr Walden on 01225 762883.

Re: Steam Bradford on Avon 150 - 2753/6102
Written by Lee on Thursday, 5th July 2007

Hundreds of images of the station and trains will be on show at the Priory Barn in Newtown (link below.)

The exhibition runs from this Saturday to Sunday , July 15 , ahead of the arrival of the official anniversary weekend of Saturday , July 21 and Sunday , July 22.

The Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust has also produced an anniversary book with photographs and a history of the station available for

Re: Steam Bradford on Avon 150 - 2753/6246
Written by Lee on Thursday, 12th July 2007

Here is a further link on this.

Re: Steam Bradford on Avon 150 - 2753/6420
Written by Lee on Saturday, 21st July 2007

The event is being held today and tommorrow (21/22 July 2007 , link below.)

Re: Steam Bradford on Avon 150 - 2753/6514
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th July 2007

Here is a report (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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