Santa on the train from Melksham - 2019

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Santa on the train from Melksham
Sunday 15th December 2019

Tickets on sale at Melksham TIC - £10.00 adults, £5 children

On Sunday 15th December 2019, Santa will be on the train that leaves Melksham just after 3 p.m., handing out presents to all the children on the ride of just over an hour out and back to Swindon. A minced pie and a soft drink will be available for everyone, with our chair making a gift of a glass of wine in place of the soft drink for any adults who wish to take advantage of his generosity.

This trip is facilitated by Great Western Railway, who generously help with the travel and allow the group to provide the whole trip at just £10 per adult and £5 per child. Places in the carriage that Santa travels in (on a regular service train) are limited, and prebooking (at the TIC in Church Street) is vital so that Santa can ensure he brings the right presents along with him, and has time to see everyone

If you're driving to Melksham Station, there's plenty of car parking available. The station is situated just off the A365 Bath Road - turn right into Station Approach just after the A365 forks off the A350 Chippenham Road.

If you're walking from the Town Centre, cross the Town Bridge and walk straight ahead along the old Bath Road (now a cul de sac). You'll come to a subway under the main bypass road (A350 to Chippenham) and that will bring you out at the top of Station Approach - walk down there to the station which you'll find at the bottom of the slope on your left. There's a pathway painted on the road to help you find the way. Total walking time from the Town Bridge - about 10 minutes.

Trains run every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from Melksham Station, first train at 06:36 and last train at 20:32 (weekdays - times vary at the weekend) to Chippenham and Swindon, and to Trowbridge and Westbury. See the right hand or lower bar on this page for a link to current timetables and [here] for a link to fare information. Train times change from 16th December - with the first train being even earlier and the final train a little later.

Melksham Rail User Group (a "station friends group" for 25 years) uses this trip to spread Christmas cheer, and usually makes a small profit which we use to provide further publicity for Melksham's station ant its train service at fetes and other events though the year. If you would like to join MRUG (new members always welcome, no fees as we welcome your input and help), please email or come along to one of our meetings which are advertised in the right hand column of this web page (below on a mobile device).


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Officers of Melksham Rail User Group

Chair - Peter Blackburn
Vice-Chair - Graham Ellis
Secretary - John Hamley
Treasurer - Judith Gradwell

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Discussion and detail - on the Coffee Shop forum (contact grahame there)


New and Upcoming ....

Timetables changing shortly
Bus times [First D3] (from 10.11.19) - [here]
Current train times (to 14.12.19) - [here]
Future train times (from 15.12.19) - [here]

Fare changes 2nd Jan 2020 - early data [here]

MRUG public meeting, "Fares Special" 20th January 2020 - see [here]

15th December 2019 - Santa will be on the train from Melksham just after 15:00 (3 p.m.) to Swindon and back. Further details [here]

Report on reduction of station dwell time – three specific ideas for Melksham proposed by the Melksham Rail User Group in reply to request for suggestions from Mark Hopwood on 18th July 2019 for input by 24th July 2019 - [[here]]

Report on summer 2019 promotion - carnivals, and fetes - see [[here]]. Thank you to everyone who's helped - and enjoy your summer trips. Pictures from Imber on 17th August - here

Tribute to class 153 trains - the single carriages which provided the vital stepping stone from no useful service to what we now have, 2013-2018 on the line, now retiring from GWR

New "Great West Way Discover" tickets launched - travel as much as you like on selected routes, two of the tickets include Melksham - great for a Staycation or for visitors to the UK who are staying with you for a while. There are now 10 different rangers and rovers that include Melksham - see [here] for a list including maps and prices.

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