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Class 121 and 142 units spotted at Westbury - 7756/12484
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 1st June 2008

I came across a photo site - fascinating, showing all sorts of stock at Westbury ir recent times - by Julian Sprott who introduces himself of the front page of the site which is at [url][/url].

It's interesting that I have speculated in the past about the possibility of running a "142" unit on the TransWilts service, but been told that I'm unlikely to see one at Westbury as the drivers in the area are not trained for them.  Well - one made it to Westbury at least a few weeks ago, and is picture on Julian's site.


Another idea was that a "Bubblecar" might be used; recently, they've been limited to the Aylesbury - Princes Risborough and Cardiff Bay lines.  But - very recently - it seems one was at Westbury ;-)


I don't know what the seating capacity of a "121" is - perhaps it would be insufficient for the TransWilts - but it does make me wonder is some of the ideas that have been shot down as "you'll not see one of those in the area again" are slightly wide of the mark.

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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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