Special Events


End Of The Tube Real Ale Weekend Diesel Gala


24th & 25th 
Victorian Steam Weekend

Mr David Oxley brings the Palace of Curiosities back to the Epping Ongar Railway - come to marvel at the Marcus Island Mermaid and other delights from around the world. Victorian characters will also be around to add to the atmosphere alongside steam workings throughout. Come dressed in Victorian costume for a significant discount on your fares!


Whisky Train

It's our first ever and we're assured that it’ll be a great evening. With six whiskies to taste and a high likelihood of rail-related puns. For more information see The Whisky Squad.

15th & 16th
Family Steam Weekend with a London Transport theme

London Transport Weekend
The Railway has a long association with the Underground and London Transport stemming from its time as a part of the Central Line. We celebrate this in 2017 with a new event when we join with the London Transport Museum with two days of heritage train rides, family activities and lots of fun.
Visiting steam locomotive "Metropolitan number 1" features alongside an LT liveried class 20 locomotive.

More details on our dedicated page

28th, 29th, 30th

Real Ale Weekend

Real Ale Festival
The Real Ale Weekend returns to its usual slot. The event has grown over the years and we expect this trend to continue - expect more beers, more trains and more fun in 2017! More details on our dedicated page as our plans emerge.


5th & 6th

Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol visit the Epping Ongar Railway

The third of our character visits sees Chase and Marshall return. Making appearances throughout the day, come and join us for a great day out on the Railway.

Book online now! More details on our dedicated page

12th & 13th August

Vintage Vehicle Rally

A wonderful collection of steam traction engines and classic cars - an excellent mid-Summer day out.  Anyone who loves steam traction engines, trains, buses and cars will have a great day with us too. Standard fares apply today. To register for the event please drop a note to our organiser, Kelvin Knappitt at kelvinknappitt@yahoo.com.  Further information for potential exhibitors here.

19th & 20th August

The Gruffalo Visits the Epping Ongar Railway

Rounding off our character visits for 2017, the Gruffalo will be making appearances throughout the day. 



Classic Car Show

The second of our of two one day classic car shows. Anyone who loves steam and diesel locomotives and buses will have a great day with us to. Standard fares apply today.  To register for the event please drop a note to our organiser, Kelvin Knappitt at kelvinknappitt@yahoo.com.  Further information for potential exhibitors here.


Red & Green Rover

Routemaster buses

Our special bus running day, featuring many of the buses that operated in the 60's and 70's together a few unexpected visitors. This year's event, centred on North Weald station and evoking the spirit of Red and Green Bus Rovers, will not just feature vintage buses from the era but will also provide opportunities to ride on many of these buses.

Tickets now on sale via the dedicated page.

23rd & 24th September

Autumn Diesel Gala

The second of our two diesel galas for 2017, featuring visiting class 50 locomotive, 50026 among others. Watch our main Diesel Gala webpages and Facebook for updates. Tickets on sale later in 2017.


28th, 29th & 31st


Steam and Scream on the ever popular Ghost Train. Check our main Halloween webpages for updates and of course our Facebook pages. Tickets on sale in summer 2017.


2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Santa Specials

See Santa on his special train! Our 2016 experience has received many 5 * reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook and this year we aim to make the experience even better still. Tickets on sale in summer 2017.

27th, 28th, 30th & 31st

Mince Pie Specials

Get away from the repeats on TV and bring the family to the Epping Ongar Railway for a great day out with the family. Every adult receives a complimentary mince pie! What's not to like. Tickets on sale soon!

January 2018


Steam into the New Year with our steam only running day! What a treat. 

Check the website before each event for further details. 

Alternatively, follow our social media pages for regular updates.

Special fares apply to most of our special events. Additional attractions may be present that may incur extra charges not included in your travel ticket. See event descriptions for details.

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.