Special Events

Metropolitan 1 40s Weekend


Friday 18 - Monday 21 April - Easter Egg Hunt

Image - Roy Strutt Photography

Come and join the Easter Bunny and his friends on the Epping Ongar Railway at Easter. Family tickets bought online are just £32 if bought in advance for 2 adults and 3 children. 

We have the following to keep the kids entertained: 

  • One of the largest Easter egg hunts in Essex – find 10 eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny at various locations around the Railway. North Weald and Ongar stations are 3 miles apart making this perhaps the biggest Easter Egg hunt in Essex. Each child that successfully finds all the eggs around the Railway can collect a prize Easter Egg! Remember to keep an eye out of the window as you travel between North Weald and Ongar in case the bunny has hidden a egg somewhere along the line!
  • Owl display – come and meet these fascinating nocturnal birds. Children and adults alike are always amazed at the serenity and beauty of these wonderful birds. The owl display is every day at North Weald station – and there will be opportunities for some lucky children to get up close and hold these birds. 
  • A face -painter for those who really want to look the part* 
  • A bouncy castle at North Weald station – make sure that the kids sleep on the way home by wearing them out on the bouncy castle* 
  • The Easter Bunny will be out and about meeting children around the Railway all weekend, with plenty of time for pictures with you and your family 
  • Hot Cross buns are on sale throughout the Railway – including the bar on most of our trains running between North Weald and Ongar! Mums and Dads can buy a cup or tea or one of our bottled beers to go with it. We also have a range of special Easter items for sale in the shop at Ongar 
  • And of course unlimited travel on the heritage buses, steam and diesel trains all day.


Image - Roy Strutt Photography

Trains run to our summer timetable and from 18 April, we'll be starting our new bus service from Shenfield Station taking you directly to the Railway – meaning lots of opportunities to have fun at Easter and all at the advance price of £32 (£34 for tickets bought on the day)
















All these events makes the Epping Ongar Railway an 'eggscellent' choice this Easter. 

* Not included in the ticket price

Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 April – Diesel Gala

This year’s annual Spring Diesel Gala takes place over the weekend 26th and 27th April. We will be running an intensive train service, with real ale bar on our vacuum braked train and our popular Saturday evening trains.

Visiting locomotive

We have been advised by the owning group of 20227 that this loco is required to return to the mainline earlier than planned and will therefore now be unavailable to attend our Spring Diesel Gala.

The good news is that in the space of 24 hours, with the help of the Midland Class 20 Association (MCTA) we have managed to confirm that 20048 will be attending from The Midland Railway Centre as replacement.

Home Fleet Locomotives

Locomotives from our home fleet will include 47635 "Jimmy Milne", 31438, 37029 and Thumper Unit 205205. Please note that all locos including visitors are subject to the usual on the day availability clause.



Cab Rides

Cab rides will be available at this event in all four main line locomotives. Priced at £10, you can choose either a single journey between North Weald and Ongar or a return trip to Coopersale.

Cab passes will be on sale from the Ticket Offices at North Weald or Ongar.


An intensive timetable will operate throughout the weekend. Each day will have two express runs, plus double heading and top and tailing. Click here to view.
















Please note the Abellio Greater Anglia 2for1 vouchers and discounts are not valid at this event. Please also note we do not offer BR or TOC, NE, PRIV or Heritage Rail Inter-Rail Pass Discounts at this event.

Real Ales

Our well stocked on train bar will include bottle conditioned real ales from; Ellenberg, Redchurch, Redemption and Weird Beard breweries alongside a range of other alcoholic beverages, teas, coffees and snacks. 

The other great news is that for the first time on the EOR we will be selling draught beer from our Bar Train. Our launch beer is not just any  draught beer but the award winning Redemption Hopspur (4.5%). This beer was winner of the 2013 South Eastern region SIBA competition. 

Also our range of bottled beers continues to change with some new additions from Redemption added: 

Ellenberg Ale No 1 (5.4%)
Redchurch Great Eastern IPA (7.4%)
Redchurch Shoreditch Blonde (4.5%)
Redemption Big Chief (5.5%)
Redemption Fellowship Porter (5.1%)

Cider fans will not be disappointed to see the return of the London Glider cider. Made from the ‘windfall’ apples of East London, not only is the cider local but it is also making use of a natural resource that would otherwise be left to rot. 

Other drinks available; 
Guinness, Budweiser Budvar, Peroni. Ciders; Magners, Thatchers plus Red, White and Rose wines. 

NB – all products whilst stocks last.

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 May - Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig Advert

Epping Ongar Railway has some exciting news; Peppa Pig will be visiting our railway to have some summer fun. Peppa Pig was one of our most popular days last year so we have brought her back, with George!!

On May 17th and 18th the cheeky little piggies will be meeting and greeting the children at North Weald Station at intervals throughout the day (times to be announced.) Do come and say hello to Peppa Pig and George. They are celebrating 10 years of Muddy Puddles, so bring your wellies and join in the fun!

Mums and Dads - bring your camera for all those pictures of our fun filled day out at the railway.
There will be bouncy castles, animals petting farm, magicians, face painting, steam train rides together with lots of other things to do.

The train fare is £14 for adults, £8 for children (Age 2 - 16) and £40 for a family of two adults and three children. Under 2s travel for free. These prices apply on the day, however book online in advance for our great discounts;

A family ticket, bought in advance online costs just £36 (a saving of £4 over the on the day price) and gives all day entry for two adults and up to three children. In addition we have a range of online discount tickets for adults, children and concessions.

Both Steam and Diesel services will operate on this day.

So come join us for a Special weekend with Peppa Pig & George. 

Trains leave Ongar at regular intervals. (Times to be confirmed)

To be sure of getting your tickets please buy them online now!

Friday 6 - Sunday 8 June - Steam Gala

A weekend of steam involving our home fleet alongside visiting engines. Special fares apply.

Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 June – 1940s Weekend

We got back to the 1940's, with re-enactment groups and vehicles on display and possible vintage planes flying overhead.

Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 July - Paddington Bear

Paddington bear Advert

Paddington Bear will be visiting the Epping Ongar Railway for the first time so grab your duffle coat and marmalade sandwiches and join us for lots of family fun, picnics and many more furry friends.

Monday 7 July - Tour De France

The Tour de France will be coming through North Weald and Epping, special train and bus services and timetable will be in operation. EOR services will offer an ideal method for Ongar residents to get to see this special event without the hassles of parking.

Saturday 12 July - Not The Last Thump

Not The Last Thump 205205

Join us as we mark 10 years since the final withdrawal of the Thumpers, with 'Old Thumper Beer' available on-board and a special timetable - including a non-stop run!

Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 July - Steam in Miniature

A world of everything steam in pint size, come see locomotives running on our newly built miniature railway along with traction engines and other marvellous creations in miniature.  

Friday 1 - Sunday 3 August – Beer Festival
with Live Music  

A range of cask beers available all weekend, alongside live music. Trains running into the evening on Saturday.

Friday 8 - Sunday 10 August - Peppa Pig

With appearances at intervals throughout the day. Plus other activities for children. Book tickets online now!

Friday 29 - Sunday 31 August  - End of Summer Fair

Come along to our August Summer Fair and experience some late summer fun. Morris Dancing, folk music, traditional fairground attractions and a sumptuous choice of thirst quenching ciders await you after enjoying scenic rides on our heritage trains through the beautiful Essex countryside.

Sunday 7 September - Trains & Planes

We join forces with North Weald Airfield again, this year's event is themed "Wings Over Europe - Remembering D-Day". Trains in operation as well a shuttle buses from Epping Underground Station to the railway and the airfield event.

Sunday 14 September - Classic Car Rally

Classic car owners across Essex will be getting all steamed up at Epping Ongar Railway. With vehicles painstakingly restored, we hope to have up to 50 cars in attendance, from classics to sports cars.

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 September – Autumn Diesel Gala Plus Real Ale 

All weekend our diesel fleet will be hauling trains up and down our challenging gradients. There will be opportunities for cab rides and look out for possible visiting locomotives. (Special fares apply).

Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September – End of Tube

A celebration of 20 years since the suspension of services on the branch in 1994. Check back later for further details (special fares apply).

Thursday 30 - Friday 31 October – Steam & Scream

Following the sell-out event in 2013, we have extended our Halloween Ghost Trains for 2014, with more services and day in operation. Dare you come and ride on our Ghost Train. Special evening fares will apply and tickets available soon, strongly advised to book early to avoid dissappointment.

Saturdays & Sundays 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
Monday 22, Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 December
Santa Specials

Santa is coming to the line to hear Christmas wishes on the trains and to give all the good girls and boys a present. Good Mums and Dads get a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine too. Special fares apply and advance booking is strongly recommended, with tickets soon to be available to purchase. Please click on the link above for further details and to book.

Saturday 27 - Wednesday 31 December 2014 & Thursday 01 January 2015
Mince Pie Specials 

What better way to escape the extra servings of left-overs than to take a ride on our Mince Pie specials travelling through the wintery countryside? 

Please check back to this website for further details closer to each of the events, and don't forget you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook for all the very latest details and news

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