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And where are these? - 1899/4702
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 9th April 2007

Taken this Easter Weekend

Clue: One is very close to the TransWilts and the other is the most popular destination for tickets bought at Melksham according to some sources and statistics.

Re: And where are these? - 1899/4710
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 9th April 2007

1 - a guess - could be the old line into Swindon from Marlborough or posible the old line through Devizes?
2 - Somewhere in the vicinity of Bristol Temple Meads

Re: And where are these? - 1899/4711
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 9th April 2007

Two right, and one close to being right not not quite so.

Been a long day ... I'm writing in riddles.

The second is indeed Temple Meads - standing in the old train shed and looking towards Bath, this is the building which supports the main curved arch.

The first picture indeed closer to home - but it's not *really* Devizes and it's certainly not Midland and South West Junction territory. It was ripped up, scandal, much more recently because of a design oversite.

Re: And where are these? - 1899/4717
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 10th April 2007

Ah the old Bradford South curve!

Re: And where are these? - 1899/4718
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 10th April 2007

Indeed - it's the trackbed of the curve that used to complete the triangular junction just to the south of Bradford-on-Avon which folklaw suggests was lifted because "they" forgot to include it in the new Westbury signalling panel.  It would have provided a seriously useful diversionary route if the line via Box tunnel wasn't available, and would have left open the way for a service from Swindon via Melksham (pop 24,000), North Trowbridge, Holt and Lacock to Bath and Bristol.  Swindon, Bath and Bristol are the three most major destinations for travellers from Melksham ...

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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