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

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.

March 9th, 2015

Is this the Longest Easter Egg Hunt in Essex?

Bertie Bunny at North Weald Station

Bertie Bunny at North Weald Station

Bertie Bunny, will be hosting what could be Essex’s longest Easter Egg Hunt on 3,4, 5, & 6 April this year. The hunt which is the length of 131,579(2) eggs laid end to end will take in features and sights along the length of the Epping Ongar Railway from Ongar through to Coopersale.

Throughout the Easter weekend, Bertie will be bouncing around the Railway helping children find where he’s hidden all the eggs in what must be the longest Easter Egg hunt in Essex. Every child who finds all of the rabbit’s eggs will receive an Easter egg for themselves.

Bertie Bunny, Head of Eggs and Easter said:

“Last year it took me ages to hide the eggs but with the extension of the hunt to Coopersale and over 5 miles of track to run up and down it’s going to take me even longer. If the Railway ever gets into Epping I’m not sure how I’ll manage!”

Children will be asked to find the eggs which have been hidden around the Railway and will have some clues to help. All participants will need to buy a ticket but fares have been kept at 2014 prices and discounts are available for early booking. Children who correctly find the location of all the eggs will win an Easter egg from Bertie’s own stockpile.

Rodger Green, Head of Retail and Bertie’s Keeper said:

“I’m pleased that Bertie has come back, we thought we’d lost him when last year, despite his best efforts, most of the children found all of the hidden eggs! This year he promised to make it a little harder and by extending the hunt to Coopersale he’s certainly done that! If we ever get into Epping, then I’m sure we’ll be able to help Bertie out with a train.“

Bertie will also be hosting ‘The Bunny Hop’ – a disco for children where they can dance with Bertie, take the time to colour in their egg hunt sheets or get their face painted, whilst their parents and grandparents have a cup of tea.

Dean Walton, Business Development Manager, said,

“We are always looking for ways to make our Railway a perfect day out for families. With this year’s offer of a very long Easter Egg Hunt, the children’s disco and the face painting, we think that £34 for a family ticket is real value for money with discounts available online for early booking.”(3)

Full details of all the Railway’s fares and this event are available online at



(1) For further information about the event please contact Dean Walton on 07880 748259 or by email
(2) The length of the line from Ongar to Coopersale Bridge is approximately 7.5km and the average length of a British hen’s egg
( is 57mm which gives rise to the figure of 131,579 eggs.
(3) Fares bought on the day are Adult £13, children £7, Concessions £11 and a family ticket for £34. Discounts are available for tickets bought in advance online.

March 3rd, 2015

Co-operation between LU & Epping Ongar Railway

image001Left to right: Roger Wright (EOR), Nigel Holness – Operations Director JNP , David Waboso – Director of CPD and Malcolm Payne – Principal Infrastructure Protection Engineer, at the boundary between EOR and LU

Last autumn, LU stabled engineering trains on the EOR. This led to a meeting between representatives of EOR and LU’s Nigel Holness, David Waboso and Malcolm Payne on Saturday 31 January to explore opportunities for further cooperation on engineering and operational issues.

Malcolm Payne, said: ‘LU and EOR share a history and it is exciting to think that we are now looking to collaborate and work together to explore opportunities for us both.’

Over the next few months these opportunities will be investigated in more detail and will hopefully lead to mutually beneficial schemes for both parties.

February 28th, 2015

First Great Western loco to visit EOR for Spring Diesel Gala

Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce that the first visiting locomotive for this years Spring Diesel Gala will be a Class 08 courtesy of First Great Western.


First Great Western will be providing one of its Class 08’s from its fleet of shunters based at Old Oak Common depot.
Which FGW loco will be attending is yet to be decided and will subject to various factors nearer the time.
This will be the first time a Class 08 has graced EOR metals and we are delighted that First Great Western has agreed to support our 2015 Spring Diesel Gala.
More details will follow as we get them.

February 26th, 2015

LNER Class Y7 Joins April Gala Lineup

Further to our announcement of Classes N2 and J72 booked for our April 150th Anniversary Gala, we can now confirm a third loco booked to appear, in the form of 0-4-0T No.985, courtesy of the North Norfolk Railway.

Image Courtesy Jamie Ringwood

Image Courtesy Jamie Ringwood

Designed by T.W. Worsdell for the NER in 1888, the class replaced retiring Manning Wardle locos. Their simple design made it easy to navigate tight curves and poor track. Most of their duties were in Hull Docks and Darlingtons North Road Works’ yard.

985 will be operating demonstration freight services across the three-day event.

February 20th, 2015

We’re highly recommended!

A young passenger plans his day at the Epping Ongar Railway

A young passenger plans his day at the Epping Ongar Railway

The Epping Ongar Railway has had a successful start to its season attracting nearly 1,000 visitors over its first three days of the 2015 season. The Railway has also announced the initial results of its passenger survey which has revealed that every single respondent would recommend the Railway as a place to visit.

The survey, introduced at the start of this season, to help the Railway develop is expected to reveal more about the people who visit the Railway. Many people who come to the Railway live locally, however we have been pleased to see visitors from as far afield as Newcastle and Coventry.

Our Kids for a Quid promotion continues this Saturday and Sunday. You can buy tickets online from here or on the day from our booking offices.

People on platform Ongar

Our large Prairie, 4141 has arrived at Ongar much to the delight to the youngsters & their parents too.