September 16th, 2016

Great Eastern Railway Footbridge Opened at North Weald

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              First people to use new bridge

The footbridge at Epping Ongar Railway’s North Weald Station was officially opened today by Mr Frank Messenger. The bridge, which links platforms 1 and 2 had been under going restoration for over 5 years and today marked a proud moment for the Railway’s volunteers. The bridge was preserved due to the foresight of the Ongar Railway Preservation Society over 20 years who rescued it from Churchfields in E18 where it spanned the Central Line.

Frank Messenger, local resident and donor to the bridge fund said,

”Having called the village home for 45 years we agreed as a family to boost progress in the bridge project by offering to match the donations previously made. At the time I suggested that it motivated by a desire to see the completion of the bridge in our lifetimes!”

The original features of the bridge have been kept with clever use of modern materials where needed. It replaces a demolished concrete bridge built at North Weald Station.

Doug Pinkney, Project Leader for the project said,

“The project started in May 2015 and at the time it was lots of rust and little else, as the original bridge had been in very poor condition. For many months it seems that my team was taking more away of the bridge than replacing. However that changed earlier this year and in July 2016 our structural engineer gave us the go ahead, we finished the steps, painting and handrails and I am very proud that the bridge was opened today.”

Prior to the installation of the bridge passengers had to cross the platforms the long way via the foot crossing. The bridge makes that journey quicker and also gives fantastic views over the whole of the North Weald Station site.

Roger Wright, Managing Director of Epping Ongar Railway said:

“As the passenger numbers for the Railway increase we need to make our stations ready for them. The footbridge is very much a part of this and demonstrates that the Railway is going from strength to strength.”

There will be a further ceremony of dedication for the volunteers and others involved in bringing this bridge to its present state on 7 October 2016.


September 9th, 2016

20142 to visit Epping Ongar Railway for First Time

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Class 20 loco, 20142, has been confirmed as the final visitor for the Epping Ongar Railway Autumn Diesel Gala. The loco has recently been repainted in a striking LT livery and the visit to the EOR will be the first chance to see it hauling passenger trains. The loco visits the EOR courtesy of Michael Owen.

The loco will be replacing all previous duties booked for D8001 which despite much hard work by the Class 20 Locomotive Society to get it ready for the gala simply ran out of time.

03170 will operate “Driver For A Fiver” on Saturday and Sunday from North Weald, but our other shunter, 03119 is not in traffic unfortunately and will not be taking part in the Gala.

Cab rides will be available throughout the day see the driver on the day and get your name down. Standard cab-ride fares ise £5 (£10 for Deltic) and all subject to availability.

Current line up will be;

03170 Driver for a Fiver (Sat and Sun)
31438
37029
08683
20142
55019
2050205 will be used as loco hauled stock for air only 08683

Visit the diesel gala webpage Autumn Diesel Gala Webpage for tickets and full details.


August 21st, 2016

Real Ale Announcements

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The Real Ale Weekend team at Epping Ongar Railway are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of “Beer of the Festival” is Tipsy Crow Stout, brewed by Keppels Brewery. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2017 as part of our 5th Real Ale Weekend.

14103018_10102235285482385_3125263532405502847_oWe are also pleased to announce plans for our forthcoming Real Ale Train on September 17th. The bar will be stocked with 5 ales, with the train due to run until late into the evening. Visitors for the evening real ale train can pay a special fare of £10, which will be valid from 5pm and includes transfers from Epping Underground station on the heritage Routemaster bus. Keep an eye on the website and events page for details.

Subject to availability, we expect to have the following brews available:

One Mile End (available from Friday):

Salvation! Pale Ale 4.4%

Snakecharmer IPA 5.7%

Redemption (available from Saturday)

Trinity 3%
Rock the Kazbek 4%
Urban Dusk 4.6%
Fellowship Porter 5.1%
Big Chief IPA 5.5%

Cider

Bertie’s Galanthus Perry 5%
Gwynt Y Ddraig Happy Daze 4.5%
Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees Perry 4.5%
Sheppy’s Orchard Dew 6%


August 21st, 2016

Autumn 2016 Diesel Gala – Latest Update

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Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce its biggest Diesel Gala to date, taking place over THREE days – Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. This all down to excellent support of our previous Diesel Galas, and phenomenal interest in a Deltic appearing for the first time.

D8001 (Class 20 Loco Society)55019 Royal Highland Fusilier was announced as our first guest some time ago, but we are now delighted to confirm Class 20 D8001 will be the second visiting loco, courtesy of The Class 20 Locomotive Society. D8001 has been through a thorough overhaul, and we can’t wait to see and hear her working flat out up our gradients.

We have also been able to secure another visitor in the form of a Class 08. Courtesy of Traditional Traction Ltd., we will see either 08460 or 08683 in attendance.

It was hoped Class 45 Peak 45132 would be ready but that now seems unlikely – it will still be on static display and the owning group have their fingers crossed they can at least have the power unit up and running, and that the loco will be available for cab visits.

As usual we will be running a 3 train intensive service throughout the weekend, with late running Beerex’s on Saturday. All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which operate between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield BR stations.

And for those who would like to see the line from the unique vantage point of a loco cab then we will be offering our popular cab rides for a fiver. Driver-for-a-Fiver will also be available. These can’t be pre-booked, so just approach the driver on the train you wish to travel on.

AUTUMN DIESEL GUIDE COVEROur Gala Guide (draft cover shown) will be packed full of information on all the visiting locomotives and more, and is sponsored by The Railway, Heritage Railway, and Rail Express Magazines (published by Mortons Media Group Ltd.) This will be available complimentary when you purchase your travel tickets (limit of 2 per transaction), and additional copies available to purchase for £1.

Tickets are now on sale and, if purchased in advance, a discount is available.

We hope to announce more visitors, and that there will be something to satisfy all tastes. Until then, we look forward to welcoming you in September.

If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand please email: marcoc@eorailway.co.uk
To purchase advertising space in our Gala Guide, please email: media@eorailway.co.uk


July 22nd, 2016

4th Real Ale Festival Weekend

Join us between July 29 and 31 to sample a wide selection of Ales and Ciders.

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With a week to go, we are pleased to announce the final line up for this year’s festival. On Friday 29th July, we’ll start with just over 60 cask ales, 7 of those being served from the Flag and Whistle bars on the train. Cider fans will be pleased with the range of 20 offerings; see the lists in our Facebook Event.

DSCN0148From mid-afternoon on Friday, “Stumblefingers and the Dogjammers” will entertain us from around the marquee, swapping with Al Neville and friends on Saturday. On both days, the 1900 departure for Ongar is the music train, where you’ll be able listen to music and gently sway as the train chugs its way through the fields.

On Sunday we have a change of pace, with London City Voices choir bringing a chorus or two to North Weald during the afternoon. They’ll be around the marquee soon after 1pm and on the Ongar train at 3pm.

To complement the ales, the following trains are due to be in service – steam locomotive 1744 (“The N2”), diesel locomotive 31438 and our “Thumper”, 205205.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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June 9th, 2016

Advertise With EOR

The Epping Ongar Railway is looking to welcome advertisers who may be interested in purchasing advertising space within our Gala Event Guides.

We launched our first Gala Guide at our Spring Diesel event in April, and will also have an edition available at our upcoming Steam weekend. These guides provide our visitors with a souvenir of their visit, containing rolling stock and other information relevant to the weekend events.

Following the success of these at the Spring Diesel Gala, we are further developing the Guides. Advertising will commence with our Autumn Diesel Gala edition; if you would like to purchase space in this – or any future edition of our Gala Guides – please contact Owen Hayward through media@eorailway.co.uk


June 5th, 2016

Summer Steam Gala 2016

9F 92214Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to confirm the final details for its forthcoming Steam Gala, over the weekend of June 10, 11, and 12. As previously reported, we are, for the first time, welcoming not one, but two BR Standards to the EOR; 9F 92214 appears courtesy of The Great Central Railway, and Standard 4MT 80072 courtesy of Llangollen Railway. In addition to the above we will have our current resident locos – GNR N2 1744 and Hudswell Clark 0-6-0 “Jennifer” – in action.

As usual, we will be running an intensive service throughout the 3 days. All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.

Our on train bars will be serving a selection of local draught beers and ciders, as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks. Our Real Ale Team have been scouring Essex breweries (a tough job!) to ensure you have an excellent selection of ales and ciders from locally sourced breweries to sample, and have secured the following draught ales from One Mile End Brewery:

  • Tinker’s Cuss Rye IPA (5.2% ABV)
  • Salvation! Pale Ale (4,4% ABV)
  • Hospital Porter (5.2% ABV)

For the first time, we will be using a steam engine (‘Jennifer’) to do shunt release operations at Ongar, providing an opportunity to see shunting occur as it would have been done in years gone by. The timetable has now been finalised.

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For those who would like to experience the unique place that is the cab of a steam loco, then we will be offering ‘driver-for-a-fiver’ on Hudswell Clark ‘Jennifer’  in and out of the platform in between its shunting duties. This will be on an ‘as time allows’ basis. These can’t be pre-booked so just approach the driver when you see Jennifer in the platform at Ongar.

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Gala tickets are still on sale, and any tickets purchased in advance will receive a discount.

We look forward to welcoming you on board.