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Lacock Abbey - Come by FGW train - 6119/10507
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd March 2008

First Great Western's local fleet is now starting to look very smart, with the rag-tag mix of liveries being replaced by a consistency that's welcome and perhaps overdue.  I note:

Part of the new FGW local livery

Lacock Abbey was a monastry, dissolved by Henry VIII but surviving (building wise) to this day.  It was where Fox Talbot took the first reversal process chemical based photograph - a view of the abbey window with a very long exposure indeed.  Today, the village of Lacock is mostly owned by the National Trust who havs a Fox Talbot museum too - very much worth the trip.

Lacock Abbey

The "TransWilts" railway line runs past the outskirts of the village - formerly, stopping trains from Chippenham used to call at  Lacock, Beanacre, Melksham, Broughton Gifford, Holt and Staverton on their way to Trowbridge - but these days the ony intermediate station that is open (and with a limited service) is Melksham.

Futher pictures of Lacock here and <advert> you can stay at our hotel in Melksham overnight - we'll drop you off at the station for the 07:17 train the next morning.</advert>

Re: Lacock Abbey - Come by FGW train - 6119/10527
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 3rd March 2008

Funnily enough I noted this just today...  Wouldn't it be lovely if they ran buses from Melksham Rail Station to Lacock at least in the visitor season??  I can imagine this a really good extension to people's jaunts to Salisbury and Stonehenge and very useful to keep visitors in the county for longer.

Re: Lacock Abbey - Come by FGW train - 6119/10542
Written by Escargot on Tuesday, 4th March 2008

Of course, first buses already run service 234 through Melksham to Laycock. It only needs a revised service and the opening of the Station Approach link into Spencer's Gate to make the thought a reality!! ;)  :-\

Re: Lacock Abbey - Come by FGW train - 6119/10547
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 4th March 2008

To this end.. is it worth now plying the bus operators (yes i know its the same company in theory but different people) with the same kind of weighting that we give FGW. MAYBE.. just maybe... they will then think "hmm... maybe we can join these two up!"

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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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