October 14th, 2014

OUR DVD NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

The official DVD of Epping Ongar Railway is now available to purchase direct from the producer of the film.

BACK ON TRACK DVD

 

‘BACK ON TRACK: THE REBIRTH OF EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY’ is a 60 minute DVD that explores the operations, recent restoration and local history of the Essex branch line. It includes contributions by EOR volunteers, former railway staff, and members of the local community about the part the line has played in the area. The DVD also features a ‘Bonus Track’ that shows a driver’s eye journey from Epping to Ongar on the former LT Central Line during the days when the line was electrified.

This DVD is priced at £12.00 plus (£1.50 postage) and will make a superb gift for railway or local history enthusiasts.

Purchase your copy now.


October 3rd, 2014

SOUTHERN SATURDAY OCTOBER 11

We are bringing a Southern feel to the EOR on Saturday 11 October.

We plan to utilise 73134, 33202 and NSE Thumper 205205 on the diesel hauled services.

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73134 and 205205 are confirmed; 33202 is subject to having some engine work finished in time, but we are confident it will be available.

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73134 will be leaving EOR immediately after the weekend, returning to Burton and Nemesis Rail.

So for those who missed our diesel gala, this will be the last chance to have 73134 and 33202.

More details will follow with diagrams etc.

(P.S. – for those of a kettle disposition, Large Prairie 4141 will still be on the steam turns.)

All advertised locomotives are subject to operational availability.


September 17th, 2014

End of Tube – 26-28 September

Tube Returns to Ongar

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 30th September 1994.

As the line is no longer electrified, the train 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.

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.

Roger Wright, Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway said,
“We’ve been working with the owners and London Underground on bringing this together for months and are really pleased that it has been possible to make the Cravens the centrepiece of our event. We’re very proud of our heritage and the links with the London Underground and Cravens Heritage Trains. It really will be an extraordinary weekend.”

In addition, former Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive ‘Met 1′, will be visiting the Epping Ongar Railway for this event. Met 1 ran on 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.

Dave Horsley, Chief Mechanical Engineer said,
“Met 1 came to the Railway for our Tube 150 event last year and it’s great that we’ve been able to get the loco back for our End of Tube event. With the Cravens, Met 1 and the Schomas, we’ll be able to create a unique display of steam and tube trains along the line, plus this will be the first time ever that passengers will be able to travel behind the Schoma locomotive.”

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 distances on the Underground to this day are measured from Ongar.

Mike Brown said: “The Epping Ongar railway is an important and beautifully preserved part of our rail heritage. Our links with the railway remain strong, with many families and railway enthusiasts travelling to Epping on the Central line to enjoy a taste of history, and some of our former staff helping to keep the railway running for future generations to enjoy. Although train technology has moved on a great deal since the 1960’s, it’s always great fun to step back in time in the way that this superb event allows – particularly in such a unique setting.”

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, for the first time in many years and they will be joined by a display of buses from the 1940’s right up to one of the New Routemasters which will be in service alongside former London buses from the 1950’s to the 1980’s’

Tickets available from our booking pages – click here


September 14th, 2014

Peak 45132 Joins The Fleet

The peak at its previous home on the Mid Hants Railway. (Photo: Andy Fuller)

The peak at its previous home on the Mid Hants Railway.
(Photo: Andy Fuller)

We are pleased to announce that Class 45 ‘Peak’ 45132 will be joining the growing fleet of mainline diesels at the Epping Ongar Railway.

The loco is scheduled to touch down on EOR metals just in time for our Autumn Diesel Gala, being held over the weekend of 20th and 21st September.

Although the loco is 9-12 months away from being operational, it will be available to be viewed at the Gala and the owning group will be providing cab visits and tours of the loco throughout the weekend.


September 13th, 2014

73134 TO REPLACE 73114 AT AUTUMN DIESEL GALA

(Photo: Mark Finch)

(Photo: Mark Finch)

We have been informed that 73114 will be unable to attend our Autumn Diesel Gala due to ongoing repair work at the Battlefield Line, which is proving more extensive than first thought.

73134, currently in Inter City livery and named “Woking Homes 1885 – 1985″ and residing at Burton Depot, will now be attending in its place.

Epping Ongar Railway would like to thank Nemesis Rail for their help and assistance for stepping in at short notice to ensure we achieve our goal of bringing a Class 73 to the EOR for the first time.

While some may be disappointed that 73114 will be not be able to attend, we hope 73134 will prove an equally appealing replacement.

Marco Carrara


September 7th, 2014

Diesel Gala: Stand Updates

In addition to Chris Green and the Network SouthEast Railway Society, other groups supporting the Autumn Diesel Gala with their stands are as follows:

 Class 22 Newbuild Project

This is the project society’s stand, fundraising raising money for the new build class 22, with society membership forms available, and merchandise include clothing, railway stickers, bags, phone cases etc.

Our aim is to build a class 22, having already locating a number of very important components. All the drawings are available, and the first batch are on order.

The group took off on Facebook and within 48 hours we had over 200 members; we now have nearly 900 with a membership of approximately 50 at the current time.

We sell items to raise money for the society for the build. It is not for profit, and we are looking at getting charitable status.  We have our own website at www.class22newbuild.co.ukwhich is live, but still being added to.

Bufferbeam Ltd.

http://www.bufferbeamltd.com

We pride ourselves on providing high quality items to locomotive groups and preserved railways

Class 37 Loco Group

Groups details: http://www.c37lg.co.uk/aboutus.aspx

This is our shop, showing most – but not all – of the merchandise we have on the stand: http://www.c37lg.co.uk/shop.aspx

Chelmsford & District MRC Sales Stand

www.chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com

Thanks to Alan from the club for offering some interesting headboards for the gala – keep a look out for them.

Class 45, 45132 Group

The group will be providing cab and loco tours.

Holden F5 Group

Fundraising for their project to rebuild a replica of these once common engines on the Ongar branch.

http://holdenf5.co.uk/

Hopefully on the next update, I will have more news on our Class 03, No. 03170, and its rod bearing’s progress, and an update on 73114’s NEW livery!

Marco Carrara

Event Organiser & Head Of Diesels


September 4th, 2014

Chris Green to Attend Autumn Diesel Gala alongside Network SouthEast Society

Chris Green to Attend Autumn Diesel Gala

In conjunction with the Network SouthEast Railway Society, Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce that Chris Green will attending our Autumn Diesel Gala promoting his new book The Network SouthEast Story and will be doing book signings at intervals throughout both days. Chris will be found at North Weald next to the Network SouthEast Railway Society stand. Chris Green has enjoyed a long and successful railway career since joining the railway as a Management Trainee in 1966. His early career included positions as area Manager at Hull and Nottingham. His big break came when he moved to Scotland in 1979 where he rose to become General Manager and established the successful Scotrail brand. He moved back south in 1986 to become Managing Director of London and Southeast where he created the iconic and eye catching NETWORK SOUTHEAST brand that turned around the fortunes of the railways in that area! From 1991 he transferred to Inter City until privatisation. After which he remained involved in railways with various privatised companies including Virgin Trains. Even after retirement he is still involved in the railway industry through non executive roles.

Network SouthEast Railway Society

An established railway society formed to commemorate this highly successful period of British Rail in London and the Southeast and to establish a lasting record of this period. The society is collecting artefacts and paperwork and associated items from this period that we hope to make available for future researches and also facilitate a museum project to illustrate the development of the railway and electric traction in London and the Southeast. We are also proud custodians of the only complete and original phase one 4CIG 1753 and a BIG buffet coach. We visit many railway events throughout the year with our sales stand to promote our society selling a wide selection of bespoke Network SouthEast branded merchandise. Appropriately our unique Network SouthEast Thumper unit 205205 will depart Platform 3 at North Weald in sight and sound of Chris for its usual shuttles to Coopersale and back.