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Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2280
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th December 2006

I would like to ask you all to do the following , if I may.

If you spot a container freight train on the line from Salisbury - Thingley Junction from Monday , please could you post details on the forum.

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2284
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 9th December 2006

two went through Chippenham station between 6.45 & 7.05 (today 9/12/6), the signal  at Chippenham station was on 1 Yellow light so I knew there were trains coming up on the Branch line.

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2285
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th December 2006

Definately containers and not stone , Sion?

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2286
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th December 2006

There was also a container train waiting at Thingley junction coming from Swindon when we came off the branch with the 13:35.  I have no way of knowing if it went down through Melksham or was just letting us cross on front.

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2293
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 10th December 2006

Yes Lee containers like you see at Southampton Docks

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2295
Written by Lee on Sunday, 10th December 2006

Thanks , Sion & Graham.

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2297
Written by Nick Field on Sunday, 10th December 2006

Noticed an engineering train at about 0830 this morning, also noticed a couple of HST's heading unusually slow eastwards so perhaps they may have been about to divert? Not been in all day so not much else to report but if I see/hear anything tonight I'll update tomorrow.  Trouble is from my vantage point is that I cant tell if they are to/from the Melksham or Bath directions.

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2299
Written by James on Sunday, 10th December 2006

Mostly the Freightliners are being diverted on Sat's due to P-Way work in Basingstoke

Re: Trans - Wilts Freight - 787/2512
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th December 2006

Please keep these sightings coming , as its more important than ever now.

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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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