April 22nd, 2014

Diesel Gala Update

The Spring Diesel Gala at the Epping Ongar Railway is taking shape and we are now in a position to confirm that cab rides will be available during the Gala.

Image: Paul Mee

This is a rare opportunity to ride in the cab of our four mainline locos that will be at our Gala: 47535, 37029, 31438 and 20048. Rest assured you will hear the engines work from the unique position of the driving cab while they tackle our challenging gradients.

Prices will be £10 for one way between Ongar and North Weald or £10 for a round rip to Coopersale. Non-stop runs and Thumper runs will not be available.
Cab passes will be on sale from the Ticket Offices at North Weald or Ongar.

Also reinstated for 2014 is our Shenfield Heritage bus service. Regular heritage RT and RM buses will navigate the roads of rural Essex to take you to the Epping Ongar Railway direct from the BR mainline station at Shenfield. The buses will run at convenient times throughout the weekend.
Dont forget this is included in the price of your ticket.

Additional evening buses will also run to from North Weald to Epping as follows:

Saturday: 18.10, 19.10, 20.10
Sunday: 18.10

This year we are also saying a big thank you to the enthusiasts and people who made last years diesel gala the great weekend it was by keeping our online fares the same as our normal fares – so no gala uplift in fares for booking in advance!
The other great news is that for the first time on the EOR we will be selling draught beer from our Bar Train. Our launch beer is not just any draught beer, but the award winning Redemption Hopspur (4.5%).

This beer was winner of the 2013 South Eastern region SIBA competition.

Also our range of bottled beers continues to change with some new additions from Redemption added:

Ellenberg Ale No 1 (5.4%)
Redchurch Great Eastern IPA (7.4%)
Redchurch Shoreditch Blonde (4.5%)
Redemption Big Chief (5.5%)
Redemption Fellowship Porter (5.1%)

Cider fans will not be disappointed to see the return of the London Glider cider. Made from the ‘windfall’ apples of East London, not only is the cider very local but is also making use of a natural resource that would otherwise be left to rot.

Other drinks available; Guinness, Budweiser Budvar, Peroni.
Ciders; Magners, Thatchers plus Red, White and Rose wines.

NB – all products whilst stocks last.


We look forward to seeing you all there.

April 18th, 2014

20 Swap For Diesel Gala


20227 to be replaced by BR Blue 20048 from the Midland Railway Centre.

We were advised by the owning group of 20227 that the loco was required to return to the mainline earlier than planned and would therefore be unavailable to attend our Spring Diesel Gala.

The good news is that in the space of 24 hours, with the help of the Midland Class 20 Association (MCTA), we have managed to confirm that 20048 will be attending from The Midland Railway Centre as a replacement.

20048 at the Midland Railway

There’ll still be a class 20 presence with 20048 substituting 20227

A huge thanks go to all those that made this possible and who made and took calls to ensure the necessary arrangements were in place for 20048 to attend our Spring Gala at such short notice.

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