April 27th, 2015

150 Years for the Epping Ongar Railway

Plaque unveiling at Ongar

Left to Right, Mr David Campbell Bannerman MP, Cllr Tony Boyce, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Roger Wright & Ms Wendy Fisher

On 24 April 2015, the Epping Ongar Railway celebrated 150 years to the day since the Great Eastern Railway opened the line from Loughton to Ongar.

The Railway welcomed guests from the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society, children from the Chipping Ongar Primary School, Mr Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Cllr Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, and David Campbell Bannerman MEP amongst others.

At 10:40 a packed train arrived at Ongar from North Weald to brass music, children waving flags and cheers from the crowd. This was followed by speeches by Mr Pickles, Cllr Boyce, Mr Campbell Bannerman MEP and Mr Roger Wright, Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway. This was followed by the unveiling of a commerative plaque at Ongar Station.

Roger Wright, Managing Director said,

“Everyone has worked very hard to restore the line to its present condition over the past few years. However today, when I see the tremendous support there is for the Railway, especially after we have nudged that much closer to Epping Station, I look forward to the next 150 years with pride and to the day when we have a connection with the Underground at Epping.”

The official ceremony was followed by a three day special ‘Eastern Steam Gala’ celebrating the steam locomotives that would have run over the lines operated by the Great Eastern Railway and its successors. This event was a great success and attendance at the event was very high.

Dean Walton, Business Development Manager said,

“We knew it was important to mark this event and hoped that it would be a fantastic three days and it has been. We are delighted by the support from enthusiasts and local people. The Railway is holding a second 150th Anniversary-themed event at the end August which will be a Victorian Bank Holiday Weekend.

Dave Horsley, Chief Mechanical Engineer, said:

“The steam crews have worked hard over the past three days to an intensive timetable. We have all enjoyed working the visiting locomotives, the J72, Y7 and N2. The N2 will stay with us until late August.”

“My attention is now turning to our ‘Western’ – themed gala on 5-7 June. We have already confirmed 7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’, the GWR Pannier Tank 6430. I am in discussions with the owners of a third locomotive but can’t confirm which loco that is yet.”


April 23rd, 2015

Residents’ Railcard Now on Sale

Our new Residents’ Railcard is launched on 24 April 2015. Offering half price tickets to people who live in Epping, North Weald and Ongar (defined as people living in CM5 & CM16 postcodes) at an introductory price of £1.50 to tie in with our 150 Anniversary Celebrations it will be valid until the end of 2016. Use the code 150EOR until 1 May to claim your discounted card.

The card will entitle the holder and upto 3 people 50% off the ‘on-the-day’ price for All Day Rover – Adult and Child Tickets and is valid on all our operating days (except Halloween, Santa Specials, Dining Trains or Murder Mystery Events).

When you buy your tickets your card will be scanned to record that you have used it and to check it is still valid – you will then be issued with your tickets.

To buy yours visit our ‘Residents’ Railcard Page http://eorailway.co.uk/eor-shop/railcard/


April 22nd, 2015

Epping Ongar Railway to Celebrate 150 Years

EOR-Facebook-150thLineUpOn 24 April 2015, the Epping Ongar Railway will be celebrating 150 years to the day since the Great Eastern Railway opened the line from Loughton to Ongar.

The Railway will be welcoming guests from the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society, local school children, Mr Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government , Cllr Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council amongst others.

A formal event will take place at Ongar Station on 24 April 2015 where a ceremonial plaque will be unveiled and a cold buffet will be served to our guests accompanied by brass music as a train arrives from North Weald.

The official ceremony takes place at the start of a three day special ‘Eastern Steam Gala’ celebrating the steam locomotives that would have run over the lines operated by the Great Eastern Railway and its successors.


April 18th, 2015

First Passenger Train Reaches Epping Forest

 

First train to reach Epping Forest at stop board at 9.4km.

First train to reach Epping Forest at stop board at 9.4km.

The Epping Ongar Railway successfully extended its running line to within 100 metres of its boundary with London Underground at Epping.

The first train arrived just after 09:58 and is pictured here.

Well done to all.


April 13th, 2015

Epping Ongar Railway to extend towards Epping on 18 April 2015

DSCN0620On 18 April 2015, the Epping Ongar Railway will extend its running line by 800m from its present western stopping point. This will take the Railway to within 100m of its boundary with London Underground at Epping. The extension will therefore be in good time for the for the Railway’s Spring Diesel Gala and its 150th Anniversary Celebrations which take place on 24, 25 and 26 April(2).In preparation for this year the Railway changed the name of its present stopping point to ‘Epping Forest’ in its 2015 timetable.

This section of the line was the subject of a substantial amount of engineering work last year in preparation for the Railway’s ‘End of Tube’ event which saw the restored tube train that had operated on the line until the withdrawal of Central Line services on the branch brought in by rail from Epping. Since the start of 2015 much work has been done, including sleeper renewal, cutting back vegetation and dropping ballast.

The Railway remains keen to have a viable and attractive interchange at Epping Underground station both for visitors and local people to use its services.


March 25th, 2015

East Midlands Railway Photographic Society Presents a Night Shoot

28 March 2015

Last Few Places Available

Just hours before the clocks change, the EMRPS are to squeeze in one last night shoot in their winter 2014/15 program. This will take place at North Weald station and will feature two BR blue locomotives. The event will feature 31438 with a short engineer’s train consisting of yellow crane and flat wagon, and at the head of a rake of blue and grey coaches. 45132 will also be on show. This loco is currently being cosmetically restored ahead of a return to full working order and will look the part for a shoot with split box headcodes with dominoes at one end and four zero’s at the other. So a simple run round during the evening will allow photographs from both ends.

In front of the station as an added attraction will be a couple of vintage buses the details of which are to be confirmed.

The shoot will run from approx 7pm until 10.30pm on Saturday March 28.

The cost for this shoot is £35 per head and places are strictly limited.
To book a place, please email 47635@live.com


March 12th, 2015

New Electonic Token System for Epping Ongar Railway

Electric Token Machine & North Weald - Ongar Token at North Weald Signalbox

Electric Token Machine & North Weald – Ongar Token at North Weald Signalbox

The S&T volunteers of the Epping Ongar Railway have finished the installation and commissioning of the Railway’s new Electronic Token system that covers the single track section between North Weald and Ongar.

The system will allow for more intensive running between the two stations but the immediate impact will be to allow the Railway to offer brake van rides and demonstration freight trains which will be introduced in time for the 150th Anniversary weekend at the end of April.