Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 September
Autumn Diesel Gala Plus Real Ale
Our resident diesel fleet, accompanied by some visitors, take centre-stage once again in this Autumnul event.
73134 and 33202 will be supporting the home fleet, comprising of 31438, 37209, 205205 and, celebrating her 50th birthday, 47635 "Jimmy Milne."
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September
"End of Tube"
On 30 September 1994 the last tube train left Ongar Station.
Now, twenty years later, we're bringing it back!
About the weekend
For one weekend in September, families and friends, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in railways can see and ride on an historic Tube Train which will once again be operating to and from Ongar!
To commemorate 20 years since the cessation of Underground services between Epping and Ongar, the Epping Ongar Railway will be holding an "End of Tube Event" on 26, 27 & 28 September. To recreate the atmosphere of the former London Underground line, we will be operating, in passenger service, the 3-car Cravens set dating from 1960 that regularly ran on the branch, and operated the last train on 30 September 1994.
The Cravens Stock
Following withdrawal, the Cravens set was purchased for preservation by Cravens Heritage Trains, a group established for the purpose of preserving and operating the train for future generations to enjoy. This is the first time the Cravens unit has been used for 10 years.
The Diesel Schomas
As the line is no longer electrified, the unit will be hauled by two Schoma Diesel locomotives, owned and operated by London Underground. This is the first time that these locos have been used to haul a passenger train, and is likely to be the only opportunity to ride behind them, particularly as it is planned to convert some of them to battery power soon.
Met 1 recently operated London Underground’s popular heritage steam services. It generated world-wide interest when at the centre of London Underground’s ‘Tube 150’ celebrations in 2013, and in 2014, the commemorative trains operated on a section of the Hammersmith & City line and on the north end of the Metropolitan line to Chesham. Working with a selection of restored former London Transport rolling stock will mean that, in addition to hauling passenger services, the Railway will be running demonstration freight trains.
To start the proceedings on the Friday morning, Mike Brown MVO, the Managing Director of London Underground, will be unveiling a replica 0.0km sign at Ongar reminding us that to this day, distances on the Underground are measured from Ongar.
Sunday will also feature visiting buses, which will operate additional services in the area. This will include the launch of prototype Routemaster CRL 4, the front of which has been restored to its original 1957 style. It is hoped that all four prototypes will be in attendance, together for the first time in many years - they will be joined by a display of buses ranging from the 1940s right up to one of the New Routemasters, which will be in service alongside former London buses from the 1950s to the 1980s.
thursday 30 & friday 31 october
steam & scream hallóween specials
Dare you to ride the "Ghost Train" this October? Ghosts, Ghouls and all manner of creepy goings on as you journey through the faltering light... Full details and bookings are available here.
Saturdays & sundays
6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21
and monday 22 to wednesday 24 decemeber
Having enjoyed his previous visits, Father Christmas is returning to the EOR this December to help spread festive cheer. Departing Ongar for "North Pole" station, Santa will travel through the train and present all the good boys and girls with their very own gift. Good mums and dads get a free mince pie and a glass of mulled wine too.
Advanced booking is essential. For more information and booking, please visit our dedicated Santa Specials page.
Saturday 27, Sunday 28, wednesday 31 december 2014
and thursday 1 january 2015
mince pie specials
Escape the post-Christmas blues, T.V. repeats and turkey leftovers - take a relaxing ride through the wintery Essex countryside, enjoying a locally produced mince pie. There's a special gift for every paying passenger too!
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*We reserve the right to alter or suspend events with little or no advance notice. Any such action will be made clear through our website and social media pages. Advertised attractions are subject to availability.
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