It's all aboard for Santa's Special train!


Santa on locomotive Santa Waving


We've improved our experience for 2017!
Bring the family to see Santa on his special train with the fantastically festive Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials!

The experience starts at North Weald Station where you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from one of our festive food or sweet stalls whilst you listen to our live brass band! As you wait for the train perhaps you will meet Scrooge, Mother Christmas or perhaps the Grinch all of whom will be walking around the crowds looking for the nice children to make sure that Santa will find them later. Naughty children will not be allowed to board the train!

All children will receive a present from Santa, and adults can enjoy a free drink and christmas treat.

characters at OngarNot long after arriving you will be invited to move over our glittery footbridge; and then take your allocated seats on the train. Whilst the nice children wait for Santa to find them on the train and give them a present, our entertainers will be around to keep you busy. The children will find time to write a letter for Santa or enter our drawing competition. This year we're putting out a selection of parlour games so your family can get some practice in ahead of the big day! When you return to North Weald there should be time to get a quick picture of the train with the big man himself. However time is limited and this is not guaranteed.

Would you like a more exclusive family experience?
We can offer your family exclusive use of one of our compartments - see here for more details

Santa Specials run on the 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December. All trains run from North Weald, with connecting bus services from Epping underground station and connecting train service from Ongar included in the fares.

Selfie with Santa

Departures from North Weald are at 09:45, 11:25, 13:05, 14:45 & 16:25 (the 09:45 departure does not run on 2 or 3 December, and the 14:45 and 16:25 departures do not run on 24 December). Our vintage buses will run between Epping Underground station and North Weald and a heritage diesel shuttle will run from Ongar to North Weald in time to conveniently connect with Santa's special train, as shown below.

We recommend you start your journey at Epping or Ongar.There is limited parking at North Weald station. Priority will be given to blue badge holders. Please park responsibly in the local area, but refrain from parking in the neighbouring road 'Tempest Mead'.

You should allow up to 212 hours for your Santa Special experience from either Epping or Ongar.

Starting from Ongar

Santa Special Heritage Diesel Shuttle Connection Please park in Ongar Town Centre - parking is free in December - from where it is a short walk to Ongar station. There is limited disabled parking at Ongar station, and this must be booked in advance. (

An inclusive heritage diesel shuttle service will operate from Ongar to enable you to join Santa's special train at North Weald.

Starting from Epping

Our 339 heritage bus service operates from right outside Epping Underground station (Central Line, zone 6), picking up at any bus stop along Epping High Street and North Weald High Road to North Weald station. A large car park is available at Epping station (charges apply).

Buses leave Epping OR
Check in closes at Ongar






Santa's special Train departs from North Weald at






Shuttle train leaves North Weald for Ongar (journey time 15 minutes)






A bus shuttle service will operate every 15 minutes to return passengers from North Weald to Epping station.

Santa on locomotive

Ready to buy your tickets?

Please use the links below.

Fares for 2017 are £17.50 on 2,3, 21, 22 December and £20 on all other services. There is no premium for travelling on Christmas Eve.

Please note that this year we have introduced a system to select your own seats when booking. For standard bookings, the coaches have names and the experience is the same whichever coach you choose. If your choice of seating is not available in one coach then please select another. You can also select whether you wish to use the heritage bus from Epping at no extra charge; this is to ensure we have sufficient capacity. There is no need to pre-book the connecting shuttle train from Ongar.

For bookings in compartments - follow this linkPresents