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"153" units - now and future. - 177/426
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 6th March 2006
According to wikipedia, Wessex Trains currently operate 15 x 153 single coach trains of the type use on all services except the first of the day through Melksham. 13 of these units are directly hired from the train stcok companies, and 2 come from central Trains which is another National Express service
Under the new frachise, First will be hiring just 7 of the 153 units according to their Julian Crow. To be fair to Julian, he might not have been quite sure of this number when I asked him. He also came up with an annual figure for them to hire one of these units of 200000 pounds.
Re: "153" units - now and future. - 177/436
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 9th March 2006
Now here's a curious thing ... I've just watched the 30 minute show on Channel 4 - "Why the trains don't work" - and the annual cost of a class 333 (coach? train?) was quoted as 50k. That's a quarter of the quoted 153 cost ...
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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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