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10th May - Special train to Minehead organised by FGW - 6978/11591
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 16th April 2008

First Great Western are organising a special on Saturday, 10th May from Westbury to Minehad via Bath, Bristol, Taunton and the West Somerset Railway. 25 pound standard class, 40 pounds first.  Children half price.  All proceeds to Railway Children Charity, staff giving their time for free, network rail and WSR waving charges, etc.

Special leaves:

Westbury 09:14
Trowbridge 09:21
Connection from Melksham (234 bus via Trowbridge) at 08:12
Connection from Chippenham (train via Bath) at 09:10
Connection from Swindon (train via Bath) 08:56

Return arrivals / same routes

Swindon: 22:25
Chippenham 22:11
Melksham 23:35
Trowbridge 21:19
Westbury 21:26

Same fare from Westbury and Trowbridge.  I will ask whether connecting First group services are included in the price.

Lee has posted further details here

Re: 10th May - Special train to Minehead organised by FGW - 6978/11847
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 24th April 2008

First connecting services are not included in the price quoted.  Return to Chippenham and Swindon earlier may be possible by changing at Bristol (I'm unclear as to whether that would mean an extra fare from Bristol rather than Bath), but the Melksham times are the best that can be done.

Re: 10th May - Special train to Minehead organised by FGW - 6978/12233
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 10th May 2008

Just off in a moment ... see some of you on the train?

-- Graham

Re: 10th May - Special train to Minehead organised by FGW - 6978/12244
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th May 2008

Great to meet up with so many people from this forum yesterday (and others I know too) and to find - once again - just how much support we have for an appropriate train service on the TransWilts line.    Superb day out too  ;D  ;D

Here are some early links:

link to index of articles

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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