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Santa Claus rides from Melksham to Swindon and back - 47/88
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 16th October 2005

Santa Claus will be travelling on the 17:00 from Melksham to Swindon and returning on the 17:50.  Special fares available, and gifts for the younger ones.  Please book ahead - Santa's a popular guy at this time of year and we would hate to have more people than places on the train.

Re: Santa Claus rides from Melksham to Swindon and back - 47/105
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 6th November 2005

I now have the press release for this event which states ...

Melksham Railway Development Group is promoting a Shopping and Santa train trip from Melksham to Swindon on Saturday, 10th December leaving Melksham at 1.35 pm or 5.00 pm and returning from Swindon at 5.50 pm.  A special fare has been arranged - Adults 6 pounds, children 5 to 17, 3 pounds and children under 5, 1 pound.  This special fare is not available from the conductor on the train and must be booked at the Tourist Information Centre in Churst Street.

Santa joins us for the journey from Swindon at 5.50 pm and will have gifts for the children and a Christmas 'taster' for everyone. To avoid disappointment book your place early as numbers are strictly limited

I have been asked to point out the under-5 fare covers Santa's cost of providing a present (nothing is free for him, even at the North Pole) and if the train is full, small children may have to sit on parent's laps.

Wessex trains are specially strengthening the train to cope with the crowds - THANK YOU ...

Re: Santa Claus rides from Melksham to Swindon and back - 47/177
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th December 2005

GREAT AFTERNOON OUT - thank you everyone.

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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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