MURDER MYSTERY FUN AND INTRIGUE AT THE EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY

Why not join us for an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem as our professional actors from The Company Upfront as they present two new plots for 2017. We take you on a leisurely tour of the entire line from Epping Forest to Ongar whilst you enjoy a meal as you question possible culprits! Please feel free to 'dress to impress' - with a 1902 Egyptian Scene and a 1970s Golf Clubhouse Scene the possibilities for some serious dressing up are endless.

The event starts at North Weald from 6.30 pm where you are invited to join our cast of characters for a complementary aperitif around the station and platform areas. At around 7pm you are asked to join the characters and the murder will take place. The train will then be ready to board, you will find your reserved seats on the train and your starter will be waiting ready for you to eat. Your detective packs will be set out at your tables too. Drinks during your journey are served from our onboard Flag & Whistle Bar. Cash is preferred.

The train leaves for Epping Forest at 7.30pm prompt. Main courses are served during a longer stop at Ongar Station from 8.15pm. During the evening the characters will make their way through the train and offer opportunities for questioning and cross-examinination. From the information and mis-information they give you - are the people on your table smart enough to solve the crime. There's only one way to find out! The winning party will receive a bottle of wine!

The menus will be confirmed by the middle of February but will always include a vegetarian option and we can take account of any dietary requirements so long as you let us know. By way of example last year we served Beef Casserole, mashed potatoes and vegetables. The dessert will be ice-cream.

All seats are reserved on this train and come in groups of 4. We won't split up a group that is 4 or fewer people, but the layout of train means that it is inevitable that a group of 5, 6 or more cannot sit at the same table. In some instances you may need to share your table with people from a different party. If you would like to sit with a group that has made a booking under a different name then please send an email to enquiries@eorailway.co.uk.

Fares for this year are £49.50. Looking to book a large group? Let us know - we can reserve space for you all to sit close together and in some cases can offer a small discount.

So just to remind you, what's included in the price:

* Aperitif on arrival at North Weald

* Professional Murder Mystery experience provided by The Company Upfront

* Three course meal followed by tea or coffee

* All train travel between North Weald, Ongar and Epping Forest

* Free parking at North Weald Station

Which we think all add up to a fantastic night out.

Here are the two plots planned for this year.

17 June

Murder in the Pharaoh's Tomb

A production set in the year 1902. Become embroiled in a dastardly murder as you join:

  • Colonel George Denon – A power freak
  • Victoria Denon – The victim of an arranged marriage
  • Gilbert Carter – A jolly good chap & fine archaeologist
  • Grace Petrie – Victoria Denon’s handmaid
  • Panek Irenwill – A local Egyptian archaeologist
  • Harriet Wilson – George Denon’s sister
  • Edward Denon – George Denon’s brother.

As they hunt for reputedly the largest diamond in the world, The Khetys Eye. 

As you sit inside the Kings Chamber in the tomb of the Pharaoh known as Khety, witness the events which lead up to and include the murder of one of the above characters. Cross-examine the surviving suspects, inspect the clues. Then report on who did it, how and the reasons why.

                                              Morse or Miss Marple could do it, can you?

16 September

Murder at the 19th Hole

It's the 1970s and following another frustrating day on the course members begin to congregate in the clubhouse. With lost balls now forgotten and the near hole-in-one lamented, events take a dastardly turn for the worst.

                                                         Someone is dead but who, how & why?

This cunning murder mystery plot will keep your little grey cells buzzing until the end. The Police don't have a clue, but will you?

Please note that it is our plan to haul this service by diesel traction in keeping with the 1970s theme.

The menu for this train will be a meat platter per table with bread and butter for starter, followed by Trio of Sausages, onion gravy, new potatoes and vegetables. A vegitarian option is available on request.

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