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High Winds Dislodge Freight Containers - 6125/10519
Written by Lee on Monday, 3rd March 2008

Passengers on the West Coast railway line have been hit by severe delays after containers from two freight trains fell onto tracks in high winds (link below.)

Freightliner said the containers would have been locked onto the wagons and that this is the first time this has happened since the company was formed.

Re: High Winds Dislodge Freight Containers - 6125/10631
Written by rail_insideher on Friday, 7th March 2008

guess what , the containers are not locked down at all they depend on gravity to hold them on spiggots, high winds blew then of at shap summit , what the media failed to notice is that a class one nearly collided with the containers had there been a few minutes difference,

Re: High Winds Dislodge Freight Containers - 6125/10632
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th March 2008

Welcome to the forum, rail_insideher, and thanks for your insights so far.

Re: High Winds Dislodge Freight Containers - 6125/10635
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 7th March 2008

It's not the first tim ehigh winds have caused an accident ... and indeed a more serious one:

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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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