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1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8170
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 12th October 2007

Santa Claus will be travelling on the 15:19 from Swindon to Melksham.

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8193
Written by Graz on Sunday, 14th October 2007

Had a great time last year, and would love to go to again. From Oldfield Park, I need to catch the 8:18 and change at Westbury at 8:50  for the 9:07 to Melksham / Swindon. On the way back, the 15:45 from Melksham arrives Westbury at 16:02 and then the Oldfield Park train departs at 16:32. Overall, the connections back to Bath are very good- especially the morning one and I'm very much looking forward to this trip.

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8195
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 14th October 2007

I would be nice to see you.

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8214
Written by Graz on Monday, 15th October 2007

Thanks! You too :D

As before, I'll get 2 returns- Oldfield Park-Melksham and Melksham-Swindon!

Is anyone else going?

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8342
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 25th October 2007

Tickets on Sale (limited to 60) at the Tourist Information Centre in Melksham - 6 pounds for an adult and 3 pounds for a child. Includes mince pie and drink for adults, and a present from Father Christmas for the children.

1st December , from Melksham at 09:22 to Swindon at 09:50
Return at 15:19 from Swindon, into Melksham at 15:48

I have Graz down for 1 ticket, and can add more.  The 60 limit is for family groups to give Santa time to see all the children with them between 15:20 and 15:50.  We can accommodate another 20 extra dults over and above thant number - please email me ( if interested!

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8465
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 5th November 2007

All tickets at the T.I.C. have been sold.

Our limit in numbers to 60 is to ensure that Santa has time to see all the children on the journey - please let Sion or me know if you're an adult who wants to come along and doesn't wish to spend time with Santa  ;)

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8528
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 9th November 2007

Here's a "crosspost" from "First Great Western Coffeeshop"

Santa Claus is travelling from Swindon to Melksham on the afternoon of Saturday, 1st December .... and the Melksham Railway Development Group is arranging a trip for the children to meet him.  A number of the more active folks on this board (and on "Save the Train" too) will be coming along too, and it's been suggested that I put a notice up to encourage anyone who wishes to join us.  Here are the travel plans:

Saturday, 1st December 2007.

09:07 from Westbury
09:12 from Trowbridge
09:22 from Melksham
09:32 from Chippenham
09:50 into Swindon

15:19 from Swindon
15:35 from Chippenham
15:45 into Melksham
15:58 at Trowbridge
16:03 at Westbury

Connection from Salisbury at 08:27, getting back there at 17:09 (change at Westbury in both directions)

"Connection" from Frome at 08:13, getting back there at 18:06, change and wait at Westbury in both directions.

Connection from Bristol Temple Meads at 08:22, getting back there at 16:51, change at Trowbridge in both directions.  From Bath Spa at 08:35 getting back there at 16:37.

From Dilton Marsh at 07:27 according to National Rail (but 08:09 change at Warminster possible at higher price !) getting back there at 17:09.

Father Christmas can ONLY see a limited number of children on the 15:19 train - he's not able to travel both ways this year due to the current timetable - and all children's tickets are already booked.  However, the train will be scheduled as a 2 car unit (143 up, 158 back) so that there is plenty of space for others.

Santa Special Adult Return fare from Melksham to Swindon - 6 pounds to include a mince pie and a drink (profit to Melksham Railway Development Group); let me know by email ( if you want one. OR just come along / buy a regular ticket if you like.

The "Elves" (Santa's Helpers) are planning to ride out to Kemble on the 14:11 from Swindon, returning on the 14:33 so that they have a few minutes to prepare the train / have it arrive in Swindon in Style.

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8581
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 12th November 2007

Hoping to make the up to Swindon trip only at the moment (from Melksham)

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8624
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th November 2007

I will be on both trains (Westbury - Swindon am & Swindon - Trowbridge pm.)

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8835
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 28th November 2007

09:22 Melksham - 09:50 Swindon
15:19 Swindon - 15:44 Melksham

Santa will be joining the train at Kemble. His elves (a.k.a. Sion and Graham) travelling up from Swindon at 14:11, Kemble from 14:25 to 14:33, back in to Swindon on the same train that carries on to Melksham at 14:48.

33 children booked ... and looks like (no final numbers yet) there will be 40 to 50 adults in the group - not all on "Santa tickets" and many of the extras will be old friends.  I'm going to suggest that we might all meet up for an early lunch somewhere near the station in Swindon - anoyone have any venue ideas?  Final decision can be made on the train on the way up.


Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8876
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 1st December 2007

Excellent trip - THANK YOU everyone for coming, for helping, for making it a fun day!

What Christmas it's all about!

Re: 1st December - Santa Claus on the Transwilts - 4414/8887
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

see details on MRDG web site>


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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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