SPRING Diesel Gala
22 & 23 APRIL 2017 

D8001 - Class 20 loco society 33002 - Vincent Barnard

                                       Click here for timetable including detailed locomotive allocations

We kick off our events for enthusiasts with our ever-popular Spring Diesel Gala in April, where the home fleet (along with some interesting visiting locomotives) come out to be put through their paces.

Already confirmed to join them this year is the prototype locomotive for the Class 20 design, D8001. Some may remember that this locomotive was previously announced as part of our Autumn Diesel Gala in September 2016, but a braking system fault saw it withdrawn from the lineup. The Class 20 Locomotive Society, to whom the locomotive belongs, have carried out a full overhaul in the last few years, and we look forward to seeing D8001 gliding along our line very soon.

We'll also be welcoming Class 33 D6501, visiting courtesy of South Devon Diesel Traction Ltd - we're looking forward to hearing the sound of a 'Crompton' tackling our gradients, having been a few years since 33202 last visited.

Class 45 Peak 45132 will be on display and, although not yet operational, the owning group hope to have the loco available for cab and engine room visits. 

All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.

Our on train bars will be also be open, serving a selection of local draught beers and ciders, as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks. 

Cab Rides AvailableAnd for those who would like to see the line from the unique vantage point of a loco cab, then we will be offering our popular cab rides for £5; subject to availability, we may even be able to offer driver-for-a-fiver courses. These can't be pre-booked, so just approach the driver (or drivers) accordingly.

Real Ale Train - Saturday Evening

A reminder, all Diesel Gala All Day Rover Tickets are valid on the Real Ale Train on 22 April, the supplement of £10 is only if you are not in procession of a Gala All Day ticket. i.e. buying an evening only ticket from 5pm onwards.

Addtional Buses
Extra buses in addition to the scheduled buses will operate as follows:

08.45 Epping - NW (Arrive 08.57) Sat and Sun
16.48 Epping - NW (Arrive 17.00) Saturday only
17.35 NW - Epping (Arrive 17.47) Sat and Sun
17.50 Epping - NW (Arrive 18.00) Saturday only
18.35 NW - Epping (Arrive 18.47) Saturday only
18.50 Epping - NW (Arrive 19.02) Saturday only
20.05 NW - Epping (Arrive 20.17) Saturday only
21.35 NW - Epping (Arrive 21.47) Saturday only

09.00 Shenfield - Ongar (Arrive 09.25) Sat and Sun
16.47 Shenfield - Ongar (Arrive 17.12) Saturday only
1950 Ongar - Shenfield (Arrive 2015) Saturday only

Sales Stands

If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand, please email Marco on marcoc@eorailway.co.uk and reserve your space now. Be sure to pick up your copy of the Diesel Gala Guide - complimentary with your rover fares, of just £1 for additional copies!

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