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Melksham to Swindon and back - 05:52 and 06:30 this a.m. - 466/1366
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 4th September 2006

Well .... that happened all so quickly!

The 05:52 - the first train back after the 9 day break - was a 158 unit (2 coaches) in Transpennine colours.

Re: Melksham to Swindon and back - 05:52 and 06:30 this a.m. - 466/1367
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 4th September 2006

P.S. Two pages from this morning

a) My handout summarising current status:

b) Much talked about - a directory of Freedom of Information data from the DfT that I got on Saturday
(Some real gems in there!)

Re: Melksham to Swindon and back - 05:52 and 06:30 this a.m. - 466/1369
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 4th September 2006

Enjoyed the trip this morning, what a delight to see a '158' pull into the station (perhaps Andrew Griffiths had something to do with this ??)  The trains this morning were the only two out of the current 5 round trips a day that I have never used.  The point was proven that many people rely even on these two early trains for their journeys and connections and that there will be no practical alternatives if they are cut.  I left Melksham station wondering how much untapped potential usage there could be along the line with a two hourly service and smart 158 trains like we had this morning. I'll be trying to get a few more letters out by the end of the week.

Re: Melksham to Swindon and back - 05:52 and 06:30 this a.m. - 466/1382
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 4th September 2006

Points West  report at 6.25 this AM had a report about this trip. (Protest).
the five that got on at Melksham often get on here.

Re: Melksham to Swindon and back - 05:52 and 06:30 this a.m. - 466/1383
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 5th September 2006

Here are some pictures ...

Part of our group at Melksham station at a quarter to six:

Paseengers on the 05:52 train - and you'll notice that (a) the train is busy and (b) not one of the people in thsi first picture is part of our group - these are regular users ....

More passengers ... this time, you'll recognise 4 of the faces but the rest are other travellers going about their day by day business.

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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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