September 14th, 2014

Peak 45132 Joins The Fleet

The peak at its previous home on the Mid Hants Railway. (Photo: Andy Fuller)

The peak at its previous home on the Mid Hants Railway.
(Photo: Andy Fuller)

We are pleased to announce that Class 45 ‘Peak’ 45132 will be joining the growing fleet of mainline diesels at the Epping Ongar Railway.

The loco is scheduled to touch down on EOR metals just in time for our Autumn Diesel Gala, being held over the weekend of 20th and 21st September.

Although the loco is 9-12 months away from being operational, it will be available to be viewed at the Gala and the owning group will be providing cab visits and tours of the loco throughout the weekend.

September 13th, 2014


(Photo: Mark Finch)

(Photo: Mark Finch)

We have been informed that 73114 will be unable to attend our Autumn Diesel Gala due to ongoing repair work at the Battlefield Line, which is proving more extensive than first thought.

73134, currently in Inter City livery and named “Woking Homes 1885 – 1985″ and residing at Burton Depot, will now be attending in its place.

Epping Ongar Railway would like to thank Nemesis Rail for their help and assistance for stepping in at short notice to ensure we achieve our goal of bringing a Class 73 to the EOR for the first time.

While some may be disappointed that 73114 will be not be able to attend, we hope 73134 will prove an equally appealing replacement.

Marco Carrara

September 7th, 2014

Diesel Gala: Stand Updates

In addition to Chris Green and the Network SouthEast Railway Society, other groups supporting the Autumn Diesel Gala with their stands are as follows:

 Class 22 Newbuild Project

This is the project society’s stand, fundraising raising money for the new build class 22, with society membership forms available, and merchandise include clothing, railway stickers, bags, phone cases etc.

Our aim is to build a class 22, having already locating a number of very important components. All the drawings are available, and the first batch are on order.

The group took off on Facebook and within 48 hours we had over 200 members; we now have nearly 900 with a membership of approximately 50 at the current time.

We sell items to raise money for the society for the build. It is not for profit, and we are looking at getting charitable status.  We have our own website at is live, but still being added to.

Bufferbeam Ltd.

We pride ourselves on providing high quality items to locomotive groups and preserved railways

Class 37 Loco Group

Groups details:

This is our shop, showing most – but not all – of the merchandise we have on the stand:

Chelmsford & District MRC Sales Stand

Thanks to Alan from the club for offering some interesting headboards for the gala – keep a look out for them.

Class 45, 45132 Group

The group will be providing cab and loco tours.

Holden F5 Group

Fundraising for their project to rebuild a replica of these once common engines on the Ongar branch.

Hopefully on the next update, I will have more news on our Class 03, No. 03170, and its rod bearing’s progress, and an update on 73114’s NEW livery!

Marco Carrara

Event Organiser & Head Of Diesels

September 4th, 2014

Chris Green to Attend Autumn Diesel Gala alongside Network SouthEast Society

Chris Green to Attend Autumn Diesel Gala

In conjunction with the Network SouthEast Railway Society, Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce that Chris Green will attending our Autumn Diesel Gala promoting his new book The Network SouthEast Story and will be doing book signings at intervals throughout both days. Chris will be found at North Weald next to the Network SouthEast Railway Society stand. Chris Green has enjoyed a long and successful railway career since joining the railway as a Management Trainee in 1966. His early career included positions as area Manager at Hull and Nottingham. His big break came when he moved to Scotland in 1979 where he rose to become General Manager and established the successful Scotrail brand. He moved back south in 1986 to become Managing Director of London and Southeast where he created the iconic and eye catching NETWORK SOUTHEAST brand that turned around the fortunes of the railways in that area! From 1991 he transferred to Inter City until privatisation. After which he remained involved in railways with various privatised companies including Virgin Trains. Even after retirement he is still involved in the railway industry through non executive roles.

Network SouthEast Railway Society

An established railway society formed to commemorate this highly successful period of British Rail in London and the Southeast and to establish a lasting record of this period. The society is collecting artefacts and paperwork and associated items from this period that we hope to make available for future researches and also facilitate a museum project to illustrate the development of the railway and electric traction in London and the Southeast. We are also proud custodians of the only complete and original phase one 4CIG 1753 and a BIG buffet coach. We visit many railway events throughout the year with our sales stand to promote our society selling a wide selection of bespoke Network SouthEast branded merchandise. Appropriately our unique Network SouthEast Thumper unit 205205 will depart Platform 3 at North Weald in sight and sound of Chris for its usual shuttles to Coopersale and back.

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