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Santa Claus travels from Melskahm to Swidnon and back - 656/1979
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 18th November 2006
Santa Claus will travel from Melksham to Swindon on the 17:00 train and will return on the 17:50 from Swindon, arriving in Melksham at 18:16, on 9th December
This trip is organised by the Melksham Rail Development Group, and I understand that it's alreday fully booked.
Re: Santa Claus travels from Melskahm to Swidnon and back - 656/2195
Written by Graz on Tuesday, 5th December 2006
I'll be there. Would anyone else like to meet on this train? I'll probably catch it up from Trowbridge to Chippenham and back, although probably buy Trowbridge-Melksham and Melksham-Chippenham returns as it's more or less the same price. Plus I want some momentos of the trip! If any of the Save the Train team is going let me know and I'll make sure to meet, I'd really like to see you all for the first (but hopefully by no means the last) time.
Re: Santa Claus travels from Melksham to Swindon and back - 656/2289
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 9th December 2006
Graham / Graz and others
Did you travel on the Santa Special today?
Re: Santa Claus travels from Melskahm to Swidnon and back - 656/2292
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 10th December 2006
Yes, we were on the Santa train.
Re: Santa Claus travels from Melskahm to Swidnon and back - 656/2302
Written by James on Sunday, 10th December 2006
It was a 143, so I loved the trip ;D
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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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