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Train Steams In For Glasgow Museum Funds - 3569/7061
Written by Lee on Friday, 24th August 2007

A historic Scottish steam engine has made a 6,000 mile journey home to help a fundraising campaign for Glasgow's new Riverside Transport Museum (link below.)

Locomotive 3007 arrived on Friday morning after 60 years in South Africa and once restored will become the centrepiece of the new attraction.

It has gone on display in George Square as part of an appeal to raise

Re: Train Steams In For Glasgow Museum Funds - 3569/7085
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 25th August 2007

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FirstGroup is patron of the appeal and is helping fund the transport and restoration of the locomotive.

Chief executive Moir Lockhead said its return to Glasgow would give new generations the chance to see an example of the "rail revolution" Scotland gave to the world.

He said: "Glasgow's transport collections are of international importance and it is fitting that Locomotive 3007 will be at the heart of the new museum."

Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have committed to providing the remaining

Re: Train Steams In For Glasgow Museum Funds - 3569/7310
Written by courgettelawn on Saturday, 1st September 2007

And Salisbury still maintains the shell, platform and canopy of the Brunel station at Fisherton (adjacent to today's station, off the mysterious Platform One).  I'll dig out my photos of it.  It is now occupied by Europcar who have clad the inside with plastic and polystyrene and a really big illuminated green sign.  There is a also a cheap carpet warehouse here.

Re: Train Steams In For Glasgow Museum Funds - 3569/7324
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 2nd September 2007

[quote]and in Melksham, Brunel held an important meeting in the town hall - indeed, Melksham was at that stage planned to be rather more than just an intermediate station on the GWR  London to Weymouth main line.[/quote]

As therer been alot going on with Brunel 200 why was this not listed. I did not know he held an inportant meeting in the town hall.

Re: Train Steams In For Glasgow Museum Funds - 3569/7339
Written by philmcm on Sunday, 2nd September 2007

I visited the rather grand sounding Brunel Museum in London recently and it only barely mentions railways, let alone IKB's links with Wiltshire. A big disappointment - don't go out of your way to visit it, unless you have a particular yearning to learn more about Brunel Jr. and the Thames Tunnel.

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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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