April 14th, 2014

Shenfield Bus Service

A brand new bus service between Shenfield and Epping, via Chipping Ongar and North Weald, will be launched by the Epping Ongar Railway on April 18, making this a real Good Friday. The service will then run every weekend from April 19 until October with additional days on Bank Holidays and during the summer holidays. Primarily designed for people wishing to travel on the Epping Ongar Railway, it will offer an attractive way to travel to Chipping Ongar, North Weald and Epping for all.

Our vintage bus service is extended to Shenfield!

Our vintage bus service is extended to Shenfield!

Roger Wright, Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway, said:

“As a fledging Railway we’re constantly looking at ways of enhancing the services we provide and think that this service will be attractive to people wishing to visit the Railway without travelling into London. We are also keen to develop the service for local people, which is why we’re running these buses all the way into Epping. The services on Sunday will be a welcome addition to the present 2-hourly service along the route from between Epping and Ongar and also onwards towards Shenfield and Brentwood where no route presently exists. We’ll be using our fleet of heritage buses so travelling on this route will be convenient as well as fun!”

There will be four heritage buses a day from Shenfield to Epping, starting at 1030, 1210, 1437 and 1532 with a final service leaving at 1720 that terminates at Ongar. A single fare to Epping will be £3, and to Ongar for £2; Freedom Pass Holders can travel for free.

Marco Carrara, Development Manager for the Railway said.

“The new service will help bring extra visitors to Essex’s longest heritage railway and secure a new public service for the area. Last year we carried 35,000 passengers on the railway and this year we aim to increase that number. Making it easier for people to come to the Epping Ongar Railway by public transport helps us and also provides a new service for local people. It really is a win-win situation.”

March 25th, 2014

St Patrick’s Event In Pictures

The railway’s St Patrick’s event on the weekend of March 15 & 16 was blessed with glorious sunshine. We had three different forms of motive power in operation across the weekend, with 4141 representing the steam operations and 47635 ‘Jimmy Milne’ with 205205 on the diesel side. Our on board bar proved popular, serving drinks, snacks and a selection of hot food to our travellers, with the musical talents of Whirling Skirmish wandering through the train. Enjoy this selection of photographs taken from the event.

We’re now open every weekend with some additional operating days during school holidays and for some special events. Our next special event is our Easter Egg Hunt from Friday 18 – Monday 21 April.

March 20th, 2014


March madness has taken over at the Epping Ongar Railway!

Throughout the month of March we are giving away a refreshment voucher worth £2 with every Adult, Concession or Family ticket.


Our operating days remaining in March are Saturday 22 & 29 and Sunday 23 & 30, and your £2 voucher may be redeemed in our catering outlets at Ongar and North Weald.

March 1st, 2014

All Aboard for the New Season at the Epping Ongar Railway

On the weekend of March 15th and 16th there will puffing steam engines, whistle-blowing and foot-tapping along to live Irish music being played on board the trains as the Epping Ongar Railway launches the first of its 2014 events programme.

The weekend takes on an Irish theme to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
There will be steam and diesel trains throughout both days, with visiting band, ‘Whirling Skirmish’ filling the steam-hauled ‘Shamrock Express’ with their rich and rhythmic Irish sounds – the perfect accompaniment to a pint of stout from the bar.


Jon Hunting, St Patrick’s Weekend Organiser said:

“Come on down and enjoy the craic. We have a spot ‘Sean’ the Leprechaun competition for children with the prize of a bag of gold for every correctly completed entry. There will be a face painting team on hand to give your children shades of the Emerald Isle if they fancy it. We’ve also got a range of themed drinks and snacks available on board from the ‘The Shamrock Express’ bar to keep Mums & Dads happy too.”

This will be our first special event of a whole year long programme to be hosted by the Epping Ongar Railway throughout 2014. During the year there will be something for everyone. For families and children there will be visits by Peppa Pig and Paddington Bear as well an Easter Egg Hunt. The 1940s weekend returns in June, and August starts with a beer festival and ends with a traditional Summer Fayre.

Roger Wright, Managing Director added:
“Everyone can benefit from our special St Patrick’s discount fares by buying tickets in advance online. I’ll be driving passengers to and from Epping in my big green London Bus in honour of the occasion!”

Our Large Prairie steam locomotive 4141 and our unique Thumper unit Class 205 are scheduled to be operating all services this weekend. Trains will operate over the full line from Coopersale to Ongar using our Low Season timetable.
Very special discounted fares will apply to celebrate the first event of our 2014 season, with Adults travelling for £3 less than the normal Adult price and a whopping £5 discount on our normal Family Fare. Booked in advance, fares are:
Adult and Concessions £10, Child £5 and a Family Ticket £29, valid all day on all of our heritage train and bus services. If you have picked up one of our leaflets with a voucher code on it, bring it with you and hand it in to any of our ticket offices and receive a £2 voucher for use in any of our catering outlets.

February 27th, 2014

Spring Diesel Gala Updates

Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce it is holding its first Spring Diesel Gala on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April

Locomotives confirmed for the gala:

LU 20227 class 20Class 20 – 20227 (Visiting loco – courtesy of the Class 20 Locomotive Society)


Photo: P Chester

Class 47 – 47635 ‘Jimmy Milne’

Class 37 – 37029

Photo: Dave Course

Class 31 – 31438
Class 03 – 03119 and/or 03170 (subject to works completed)
Thumper unit 205205
The Bar will be open on the train all day serving snacks and a variety of locally sourced bottled real ales. The popular evening trains will once again run on Saturday night.
The timetable is in the process of being written and will be available online shortly. Further details will be posted on the website as we get them.
Any group or person wishing to bring a stall or sales stand to the gala should email 47635@live.com


February 12th, 2014

Diesels In The Dark

Jimmy Milne and coaches.

47635 ‘Jimmy Milne’ heads up the blue and grey stock.

During the night of 25 January, the Epping Ongar Railway was pleased to host a night photo shoot organised by the East Midlands Railway Photographic Society (EMRPS).

A variety of shots were created to represent a typical scene from the 1980s to early 1990s.

Locos used were 47635 ‘Jimmy Milne,’ 31438 and Thumper unit 205205. Red Routemaster RM1966 and the Railway’s unique Morris Minor also got in on the act.

Morris and Bus

The EOR Morris with one of our RM buses.

The weather held out and a good night was had by both photographers and volunteers.

The EMRPS was set up to aid and promote the hobby of railway photography. Their activities include organising photo shoots which not only give the participating photographers unique photo opportunities, but also allow those same photographers to make a worthwhile financial contribution to the railway preservation movement.

205205 at North Weald

205205 also go in on the action.

31438 and carriages

31438 also headed the coaching stock.

To date, EMRPS photo charters have raised almost £70,000 towards railway preservation.

Marco Carrara

Photos courtesy of Jason Cross

January 30th, 2014

Bargain Opening Week With ‘Kids for a Quid’

Epping Ongar Railway opens its door for 2014 with a great bargain – Kids for a Quid

4141 will be in steam throughout half-term.

With February Half Term around the corner, here is a great way to have a great day out – families and young train fans can start off their holidays in superb fashion by taking advantage of the Railway’s ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer.

Children aged between 3 and 16 can enjoy unlimited travel with full fare paying adults for just £1 each -  what better way to spend time during the Half Term than to ride on our Steam and Diesel-hauled heritage trains.

‘Kids for a Quid’ applies on the following Half Term days:

Saturday 15th February
Sunday 16th February
Wednesday 19th February
Friday 21st February
Saturday 22nd February
Sunday 23rd February

Trains run as part of our Orange timetable with heritage steam and diesel trains running all day.


Thumper 205205 will be operating the diesel diagrams.

Thumper 205205 will be operating the diesel diagrams.

‘Kids for a Quid’ applies in advance or on day of travel.

Up to 4 children can travel for £1 with each adult ticket purchased.
Advertised locomotives are subject to operational availability and may be withdrawn or changed without prior notice.