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.


February 16th, 2015

150th Anniversary Loco Lineup

In this year, the 150th Anniversary of the branch between Loughton and Ongar being opened, the Epping Ongar Railway is delighted to announce TWO visiting locomotives for its 150th Anniversary Event on April 24, 25 & 26.

Former Great Northern Railway class N2, No.1744, is the first on the list.

N2 Marconi Bridge

Built between 1920 and 1929 for suburban passenger works, the N2s ran most services out of Kings Cross and Moorgate stations. Those working the widened Metropolitan Railway lines between these two station were also fitted with condensing gear.

Though more commonly associated with the Great Eastern Railway class F5 locomotives, the branch was operated by one N2, No.69546, for a short period of time from November 1956

1744 was withdrawn from service in September 1962, and then bought by “The Gresley Society” in October the following year. Currently running in GNR Apple Green, the loco previously visited the EOR in 2013, during the LU150 Gala.

We are delighted to be welcoming 1744 back to the branch, and are grateful to The Gresley Society for the loan.

Our second visitor is former North Eastern Railway locomotive 69023 “Joem”, courtesy of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group.


The locos, originally classed E1 by the NER and later reclassed as J72 by the LNER, were designed by Wilson Worsdell, and subsequently built over a 54 year period, by three different companies. They were mainly to be seen shunting yards, railway-owned docks and as station pilots all across the North East.

“Joem” entered preservation in 1969, later entering the NELPG’s ownership in 1983.

We extend our thanks to the NELPG for the loan, and are looking forward to welcoming this popular tank engine to our line in April.

February 3rd, 2015

Epping Ongar Railway Plans to Mark its 150th Anniversary Year in Style

Since 2012 the numbers of passengers carried by the Epping Ongar Railway has increased every year and in 2014 reached an all time high. This year is also the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the line from Loughton to Ongar the Railway. In this year, to ensure that the trend continues, the Railway is planning an exciting range of special events throughout the years.

Throughout the last year, the Railway also benefited from the support of over 350 volunteers giving an average of 23 days each.

Roger Wright, Managing Director said,

“I am chuffed that the Railway has continued to grow in 2014 and thankful to our passengers and our volunteers for the support that they have given to the Railway. We look forward to welcoming many of our passengers back in 2015.”

The Railway has also announced its running schedule for 2015 which includes a few new events (2). This year’s season starts with ‘Kids for a Quid’ in the February half term holiday. After that, the Railway will be open every weekend, Bank Holiday and Wednesdays during the School Holidays from Easter until 1 November. At the end of April the Railway will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary with one or possibly two visiting locomotives. There will be a larger community-based celebration at the end of August with a distinctly Victorian theme to the occasion.

Dean Walton, Business Development Manager for the Railway said,

“We are looking forward to attracting even more passengers with what we think is an exciting range of events. However it is also important for us to attract passengers on our other weekends. With our friendly and helpful volunteers and our buses, steam and diesel services we think we provide an excellent day out for the family every weekend. The continuing increase in the numbers since we re-opened in 2012 supports this.”

The Railway is also expanding its range of evening specials, with its named dining trains(3) and two Murder Mystery experiences(4). The Epping Fryer offers Fish & Chips, the Cockney Sparrow offers Pie & Mash and the Poppadom Priaire offers a curry meal. The Murder Mystery events will be performed by a group of professional actors in May and September.

Glynis Campbell, Catering Manager said:

“In 2014 we successfully extended the range of food we sell at North Weald. This year we are pleased to extend the number and range of evening dining trains we are running. We buy our food from local suppliers and support the local economy in this way. We expect our Murder Mystery events to be very popular and encourage people to book these as soon as the tickets are released.”

(1) For further information about the event please contact Dean Walton by email

(2) Our special events in 2015:

14,15,18,21,22 February, Kids for a Quid
3-6 April, Easter Egg Hunt
18-19 April, Spring Diesel Gala
24-26 April, 150th Anniversary Weekend
2-3 May, PaddingtonTM visits
5-7 June, Steam Gala
13-14 June, 1940s weekend
31 July -2 August, Real Ale Festival
8-9 August, Peppa Pig Visits the Railway
22-23 August, Mixed Traction Weekend
29-31 August, 150th Anniversary Celebration and Victorian Bank Holiday Weekend
13 September, Classic Car Rally
19-20 Autumn, Diesel Gala
30-31 October, Steam & Scream Halloween Specials
5,6,12,13,19,20,22,23,24 December, Santa Specials
27,28,31 December, Mince Pie Specials
1-2 January 2016, New Year Gala

(3) Evening Dining Trains

16 May and 26 August, The Epping Fryer offering Fish & Chip supper
20 June and 5 August, The Cockney Sparrow offering Pie & Mash supper
18 July and 26 September, The Poppadum Prairie offering with a Curry Night!

(4) Murder Mystery Trains

The performances are by professional actors provided by the The Company Upfront.
30 May – “Murder at the Manor” set in the 1930s.
12 September – “Murder, Rattle and Roll” set in the 1950s.

November 19th, 2014

Steam Service for Ongar Christmas Lights Switch On

On 28 November the Epping Ongar Railway will be running a special service from North Weald to Ongar for the big Christmas lights switch on. Trains will leave North Weald at 17:00 and 18:00 ensuring that you will arrive in time to enjoy the festive atmosphere in Ongar and be there for the big switch on. Return fares are £5 for adults and £3 for children and can be booked in advance via our website or bought on the day from the ticket office at North Weald.

Trains leave Ongar for return to North Weald at 19:45 (steam) and then 20:30 (diesel).