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« on: November 17, 2018, 06:59:14 am »

All at 19:30 at Melksham Town Hall.  All welcome.

On 28th November 2018, members meet the new TransWilts Community Rail Officer - Sophie Martin.  Very much a "meet and greet" as she works her way into the role - getting to know the volunteers and active team  in the town.   We do look forward to hearing a little of here plans for the coming months and year

On 23rd January 2019,  The Melksham Rail User Group has invited Paul Johnson, Chair of TransWilts, to talk to us about Melksham Station Hub and traffic growth plans.  Passenger numbers have grown from under 10,000 per annum prior to 2014 to around 75,000 in the latest published figures, and projections based on population catchment would suggest this figure should continue to rise once additional train capacity is selected in the figures (December 2019).

Regular meeting dates for 2019 -
Wednesday 23 January 2019
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Wednesday 24 July 2019
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Very likely to be extras

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2018, 11:09:40 am »

So good to see such a good turn out from a wide range of interests, and specialisms. Melksham is on the way up, and hopefully service extensions and improved frequency will become a fact quickly Do support us again in Jnauary.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2018, 06:40:33 pm »

While it was indeed encouraging to see such a good turn out, certainly compared to the early days of the group, I was a little disappointed not to hear more (or indeed, anything much) from the new TransWilts Community Rail Officer. It seemed to me that Mr. Johnson made a point of doing all the talking for her, whereas actually I went along primarily to learn what she was going to bring to the role.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 06:20:43 am »

While it was indeed encouraging to see such a good turn out, certainly compared to the early days of the group, I was a little disappointed not to hear more (or indeed, anything much) from the new TransWilts Community Rail Officer. It seemed to me that Mr. Johnson made a point of doing all the talking for her, whereas actually I went along primarily to learn what she was going to bring to the role.

The MRUG request to TransWilts was for the new Community Rail Officer to come along, introduce herself, and tell us a little about plans for 2019 at the November meeting, and for her chair (Mr Johnson) to come along to the January meeting and tell us about plans for the Melksham Hub.  However, it was clearly felt that an update on the Melksham Hub was so important that it was allowed to take so much time that many other important issues were left.   I would be very hopeful (and I hope it's not a false hope) that having given over November to the Hub, that the hub could be covered by a brief update from the CRO in January and she could then cover the other introduction and activity topics which we had gone along to hear about in November.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2018, 07:42:55 pm »

A fresh lick of paint has been applied to the Melksham Rail User Group website at http://www.mrug.org.uk.

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This new front page will be fully launched in January 2019. Our old page is [here] - though it has largely been superceded alteady

The page has been made public several weeks before plan - largely to help with Christmas and New Year journeys by providing a combined bus and train timetable for Melksham to Swindon journeys. There are ten different timetables over the 12 days of the Westbury blockade, and it was felt sensible to have them all in one place - http://www.mrug.org.uk/engineering.html which also links to a .pdf of the same data ... and it was much easier to use (and helpful to test) features of the new site.

There are still things to add in ... but please take a look and let me know of any errors - Thanks.  That will help ensure the site's "A1" for the official full launch. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 03:15:13 pm »

From the local newspaper, back after its Christmas break.

Santa, ORR figures, big "Thank you" to the team, and looking forward ... MRUG meeting on 23rd January 2019

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2019, 01:40:51 pm »

A fresh lick of paint has been applied to the Melksham Rail User Group website at http://www.mrug.org.uk.
Don't think I'd seen that before - looks good.

Fascinating old pictures of Melksham station - proper station building(s), 2 tracks with platforms on both sides, and a footbridge. How many of those are in the current Melksham expansion plans? Smiley

Seriously I'm glad Melksham has been restored back to where it is now, and very much appreciate the work Graham and others have done, and are doing, to keep moving forwards. The improvements are obvious in the <3 years I've been in the area.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2019, 03:01:40 pm »

Fascinating old pictures of Melksham station
Here: http://www.mrug.org.uk/history.html

Compare with: http://www.mrug.org.uk/photos.html Sad
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2019, 04:27:26 pm »

All at 19:30 at Melksham Town Hall.  All welcome.

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Wednesday 24 July 2019
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Bump.  A reminder - MRUG meeting in a couple of weeks.  Still the Committee Room at the Town Hall, but the way we're going we'll need a larger venue. 

Other MRUG events in July - come along and see us.
* 6th July - Semington Fair
* 13th July - Bowerhill Barkers Coffee Morning
* 14th July - Travel by train from Melksham with confidence (see http://www.passenger.chat/21793 )
* 20th July - Party in the Park (Volunteers welcome - 12:00 to 15:30, King George's Park, 15 mins from Stn)
* 27th July - Melksham Maker's Market
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2019, 06:41:22 am »

Grahame, are volunteers still sought for 'Party in the Park' on the forthcoming 20th July ?
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2019, 06:46:10 am »

Grahame, are volunteers still sought for 'Party in the Park' on the forthcoming 20th July ?

YES please - would love to have you join.    Need to know, though, by end of tomorrow.  Up to 2 more needed. Easier than walking around town but just regular public transport back I'm afraid  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2019, 08:58:55 am »

I would have loved to help but am involved with the Westbury Lions' train ride to Weymouth
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2019, 07:15:45 pm »

Put me down if you are still looking but I have to be away to be back in Bath for the 620 16.45 back to here but I'll make it to the park as early as I can.
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2019, 04:40:00 am »

Put me down if you are still looking but I have to be away to be back in Bath for the 620 16.45 back to here but I'll make it to the park as early as I can.

Grahame, have you got me down to help Saturday as above ?
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2019, 05:22:21 am »

Put me down if you are still looking but I have to be away to be back in Bath for the 620 16.45 back to here but I'll make it to the park as early as I can.

Grahame, have you got me down to help Saturday as above ?

Yes - just got that THANK YOU.   ((Took yesterday evening off - back here now))
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