August 26th, 2014

Steam Service Restored

It is with great pleasure we announce that our large prairie, 4141, has been repaired and will be back in service from tomorrow.

Sincere thanks to our engineers, who have worked tirelessly to get the engine fixed in such a short space of time.

August 25th, 2014

No steam until further notice

We regret to inform you that we are unable to run a steam service until further notice as 4141 failed on Saturday 23 August. We will be running the full timetable replacing steam working with one of our heritage diesels. Please check Facebook, twitter, and our website for the latest information.


EOR apologises for the inconvenience.


July 30th, 2014

Autumn Diesel Gala

Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce its line up for its second Autumn Diesel Gala on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September. Locomotives confirmed for the Diesel Gala are as follows;

Visiting Locos;

Class 73 – 73114 visiting from the Battlefield Line – and in a new livery too! This may be the first time the loco has been away since it’s arrival at Shackerstone  and into preservation.


Class 33 – 33202 courtesy of its owner. Returning after 12 months away from the EOR, it is likely 33202 will be moved back to the owner’s private facilities for the winter period, so get it while you can!

Home Fleet


Class 47 – 47635 ‘Jimmy Milne’ Celebrating her 50th Birthday, we hope to have her looking at her very best!


Class 37 – 37029


Class 31 – 31438


Class 03 – 03119


Network SouthEast Thumper unit 205205

03170 is undergoing work on its rods. If 03170 is ready in time (which we hope it will be,) we will bring back the doubleheaded 03 trains, which went down a storm during our first gala.

The Bar will be open on the train all day serving snacks and a variety of locally sourced cask, bottled real ales and cider.

The popular evening trains will once again run on Saturday night.

Heritage Buses will run from Epping Underground Station and Shenfield Mainline Station throughout the weekend to North Weald and Ongar stations – don’t forget your heritage bus ride is included in the price of your Gala ticket.

The timetable is in the process of being written and will be on the web shortly.

Further details will be posted on the website as we get them.

Stalls and stands will be provided by Network SouthEast Railway Society and Bufferbeam Ltd.

The NSE Railway Society will also be supporting ‘Chris Green’ at a book signing event where you will have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book Chris Green co-wrote with Mike Vincent – ‘The Network SouthEast Story’. More details as we get them.

Any group or person wishing to bring a stall or sales stand to the gala please email

July 23rd, 2014

Gobbler Ale

This year’s Real Ale Festival from the 1st to the 3rd August will feature Brentwood Gobbler Ale*, named after the Holden F5 steam locomotives that once operated the Epping to Ongar Railway until withdrawal in 1957.  The bar will open from 1200 each day, closing at sunset (around 2030) on Saturday evening.   This ale has been made especially for the event and to promote the Holden F5 trust

Gobbler Pump Clip

The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust began life as The Holden F5 Group in 2000 as a number of individuals who were eager to construct a Holden F5 steam locomotive.  The Trust incorporated as a not for profit company in 2001 and was subsequently granted charitable status.

The replica full size locomotive we are constructing began life as a rebuild at Stratford works in east London in 1912, was numbered GER 789 and operated throughout East Anglia, East London, through Brunel’s Tunnel to Wapping and onto the Southern Railway metals; some sister locomotives found their way to Peebles in the Scottish Boarders and beyond.

GER 789, like her sisters was not very economical to operate and had a reputation to consume vast amounts of coal hence their nickname “GOBBLERS.”

Over many years the Trust has accumulated the necessary engineering drawings required to complete our locomotive GER 789.  To date several components have been manufactured including frame plates, buffer beams, a complete smoke box, bunker, chimney and several sundry items.

In January of 2014 the Trust moved to Tyseley Steam Locomotive Works, located near Birmingham where we benefit from the steam engineering expertise of Bob Meanley.  Latterly via the services of Tyseley the Trust has been introduced to West Steam Design who are busy producing 3D CAD drawings of items such as the cylinder block, star stay and other items that are necessary to facilitate the construction of the frames.  The CAD drawings are used to manufacture polymer patterns for the metal casting process. Casting of the cylinder block and star stay is planned for August 2014.

For further information on how you can assist the Trust complete GER 789 visit

*subject to availability

July 22nd, 2014

Steam In Miniature Postponed

It is with regret that must announce that our Steam In Miniature gala, which was supposed to take place this coming weekend of July 26 and 27, has had to be postponed due to numerous circumstances beyond our control; not least due to an unexpected delay preventing the completion of our new miniature railway.

Our events co-ordinator is currently looking to re-arrange this event to later in the year. EOR wish to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We had hoped to hold the event on a smaller scale, however this was not feasible and thus the decision has had to be made to postpone it until a later date.

Those who have booked travel tickets and those who had booked to appear should have now been contacted in relation to this news.

We will update with news on our plans in due course – please keep an eye on this news page, as well as our social media pages.

July 21st, 2014

A Thumping Good Bar

Saturday 12th July saw the Epping Ongar Railway celebrate 10 years since our Thumper (205205) last saw service on the mainline. To celebrate, we passengers enjoyed bottles of Old Thumper served into glasses featuring the 205 as the service shuttled between Coopersale and Ongar on a non-stop run.

Our next beer adventure arrives on Friday 1st of August when our Real Ale Festival opens which will see similarly well named beers served at North Weald. With Brentwood’s Gobbler, Buntingford’s 92 Squadron, Dominion’s Prairie and Five Points Railway Porter there will be a style of beer for everyone. For the full expected beer list please click here.

July 18th, 2014


As a result of expansion and restructuring the award winning Epping Ongar Railway has a vacancy for a General Manager to be responsible for the daily management of the railway on behalf of the Board.

This position reflects the continued growth and success of Epping Ongar Railway since it opened in 2012.

Among the future challenges will be the commercial and marketing activities of the Epping Ongar Railway together with the re-linking of the railway to the rail network at Epping.
Key Responsibilities

To undertake the lead managerial role on the railway and to be responsible to the Board of EOR for the day to day operation of the railway at all levels.

• Operate a safe railway.
• Motivate staff at all levels – paid and volunteers – and to understand, develop and maximise the volunteer ethos.
• Operate a profitable railway.
• To be an effective communicator.
• Act as the Line Manager for all Departmental Managers.


In addition to a strong proven record in those areas of management, evidence of management experience or commitment as a volunteer in the heritage sector would be desirable but not essential.

Working Hours – Nominally 40 hours per week. There will be a requirement for some shift working, weekend and Bank Holiday working. Working hours will be subject to Safety Critical Health and Safety procedures.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Closing date for applications 31st August 2014

Please send applications by email to

See below for more detail.


 General Manager (GM)
The GM is the most senior employee of the Epping Ongar Railway Ltd

The role of the GM is to be responsible for the daily management of the Epping Ongar Railway as set down by the Board. In addition to the usual management responsibilities a key measure of the GM’s success will be evidence of his ability to continuously get the best out of the staff, whether paid or volunteer, given that the viability of the railway is dependent on their continued loyalty and commitment.
It is likely that the major challenges facing a successful candidate will be of a commercial nature and marketing the railway – together with the challenges of re-linking the railway to the rail network at Epping.
The Epping Ongar Railway is wholly owned by the parent company Epping Ongar Railway Ltd. The GM shall report directly to the Board with a solid reporting line down to the Heads of Department.

Financial limits to the authority of the GM shall be set by the Board. The GM shall be an authorised signatory for the Company, subject to the limits as above.
Key accountabilities

  1. To implement the policies of the board on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that safety remains the top priority of the Epping Ongar Railway at all times.
  2. To identify and refer matters of policy for review by the Board.
  3. To be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Epping Ongar Railway, including the management of staff both paid and volunteers, within the budgets and constraints set by the Board including Health and Safety.
  4. To liaise with relevant Directors and Heads of Department as and when necessary.
  5. To maintain effective day-to-day communications within the Epping Ongar Railway and with neighbours and other parties as required.
  6. To encourage and promote the cultivation, motivation and enthusing of all staff whether paid or volunteer and to maintain, enhance and develop the congenial culture of the Epping Ongar Railway.
  7. To ensure that departmental procedures as approved by the Board are adhered to.
  8. To be responsible for the efficient administration of the Epping Ongar Railway’s affairs
  9. To assist and support the Board in the development of budgets and business plans as required.
  10. To devise and implement after agreement of the Board coherent retail, marketing and catering policies