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!”