AUTUMN Diesel Gala
23 & 24 SEPTEMBER 2017


  • Class 50 locomotive, 50026 "Indomitable", courtesy of Paul Spracklen and PTG tours
  • Class 26 locomotive, 26043, courtesy of the Cotswold Diesel Group - Photo below: Nigel Gibbs
  • Class 33 locomotive, 33202, coutesy of Stewart Robinson
  • together with our homefleet of 31438, 37029, 03170 and 03119

50026 Indomitable 26043 33202 37029

The timetable can be downloaded here, including detailed locomotive allocations

This is the second of our ever popular Diesel Galas, where the home fleet, along with some interesting visiting locomotives, come out to be put through their paces over some of the most challenging gradients in preservation.

Joining us are class 50 locomotive, 50026 "Indomitable", and class 26 locomotive, 26043, both making a debut appearance for the class on the line.

Also appearing will be returning visitor, 33202, and our home fleet of 31438, 37029, 03170 and 03119.

03170 is restricted to "Driver for a fiver", but 03119 will work one trip on its own in the early afternoon each day.

Unfortunately class 20 locomotive, D8001, has had to be withdrawn from the line up due to a failure that can't be repaired in time

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 from Billericay Brewery, together with bottled ales from Redemption and ciders, as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks, and, on the Saturday evening, we will be running our Real Ale Train into the evening.

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.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the Diesel Gala Guide - complimentary with your rover fares, of just £1 for additional copies!

Discounted advance tickets can be booked online now using the link below.

Real Ale Train - Saturday Evening
We will be running trains into the evening, serving a selection of real ales and ciders in the Flag and Whistle on-board bar. A hot food option of Beef Stew with Yorkshire pudding will be available - order on the train on the day (additional charge). All Diesel Gala All Day Rover Tickets are valid on the Real Ale Train on 23 September, the supplement of £10 is only if you are not in posession of a Gala All Day ticket.

Further details of the Real Ale Train can be found here.

Addtional Buses. As well as our regular 339 bus service, additional bus services will operate as follows:

  • 08.45 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 08.57) Sat and Sun
  • 16.48 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 17.00) Saturday only
  • 17.35 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 17.47) Sat and Sun
  • 17.50 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 18.00) Saturday only
  • 18.35 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 18.47) Saturday only
  • 18.50 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 19.02) Saturday only
  • 20.05 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 20.17) Saturday only
  • 21.35 North Weald - 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
  • 18.15 Ongar - Shenfield (Arrive 18.40) Saturday only
  • 19.45 Ongar - Shenfield (Arrive 20.10) Saturday only

Sales Stands

If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand, please email Marco on and reserve your space now.

Want to take the controls of a class 50 locomotive?

We are offering the opportunity for you to take the controls of visiting class 50 locomotive, 50026 on various dates around the gala. Visit our dedicated page for more details!

Keep up to date with details on our Facebook event page.

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