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A Musical Play from all Brunell and Railway enthusiasts - 624/1875
Written by sam on Thursday, 9th November 2006
I Thought this might be of interest to you all as i am a supporter and also one of the actors in the show
Re: A Musical Play from all Brunell and Railway enthusiasts - 624/1884
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 9th November 2006
Yes, that's very much of interest thanks, Sam .... we're reminded of Brunel regularly by buildings like the one that's just outside the present Chippenham station and dates from the original GWR, and every time we have a meeting in Melksham Town hall, I recall that he stopped and ate a meal there on the opening of the main line from London to Weymouth via Swindon, Melksham and Yeovil.
Re: A Musical Play from all Brunell and Railway enthusiasts - 624/1890
Written by sam on Friday, 10th November 2006
It's great to hear personal tit bits like that on Brunel, the play is based upon that sort of human side of his, using many of his letters and notes, so a great insight to the man behind the bridges and railways and tunnels..
hope to see you there
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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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