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New Minature Train Honours Wiltshire Train Driver - 6307/10760
Written by Lee on Thursday, 13th March 2008

A train driver from Wiltshire who was killed in the Selby rail disaster is to be commemorated by a miniature railway locomotive. A train at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, near Keynsham, has been named after Stephen Dunn (link below.)

Mr Dunn, whose family live in Trowbridge, was one of 10 people killed in February 2001 in Yorkshire.

The owner of the park's Strawberry Line Miniature railway, Mike Bass, is a former colleague of Mr Dunn.

He has honoured him by adding a five-inch gauge locomotive to his fleet. It is a miniature version of main line locomotive number 66526 and has been painted in the correct operating company branding of Freightliner.

The miniature railway is open for a new season. Further details are available by calling Mr Bass on 07960 151286.

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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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