July 22nd, 2016

4th Real Ale Festival Weekend

Join us between July 29 and 31 to sample a wide selection of Ales and Ciders.

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With a week to go, we are pleased to announce the final line up for this year’s festival. On Friday 29th July, we’ll start with just over 60 cask ales, 7 of those being served from the Flag and Whistle bars on the train. Cider fans will be pleased with the range of 20 offerings; see the lists in our Facebook Event.

DSCN0148From mid-afternoon on Friday, “Stumblefingers and the Dogjammers” will entertain us from around the marquee, swapping with Al Neville and friends on Saturday. On both days, the 1900 departure for Ongar is the music train, where you’ll be able listen to music and gently sway as the train chugs its way through the fields.

On Sunday we have a change of pace, with London City Voices choir bringing a chorus or two to North Weald during the afternoon. They’ll be around the marquee soon after 1pm and on the Ongar train at 3pm.

To complement the ales, the following trains are due to be in service – steam locomotive 1744 (“The N2”), diesel locomotive 31438 and our “Thumper”, 205205.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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June 9th, 2016

Advertise With EOR

The Epping Ongar Railway is looking to welcome advertisers who may be interested in purchasing advertising space within our Gala Event Guides.

We launched our first Gala Guide at our Spring Diesel event in April, and will also have an edition available at our upcoming Steam weekend. These guides provide our visitors with a souvenir of their visit, containing rolling stock and other information relevant to the weekend events.

Following the success of these at the Spring Diesel Gala, we are further developing the Guides. Advertising will commence with our Autumn Diesel Gala edition; if you would like to purchase space in this – or any future edition of our Gala Guides – please contact Owen Hayward through media@eorailway.co.uk


June 5th, 2016

Summer Steam Gala 2016

9F 92214Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to confirm the final details for its forthcoming Steam Gala, over the weekend of June 10, 11, and 12. As previously reported, we are, for the first time, welcoming not one, but two BR Standards to the EOR; 9F 92214 appears courtesy of The Great Central Railway, and Standard 4MT 80072 courtesy of Llangollen Railway. In addition to the above we will have our current resident locos – GNR N2 1744 and Hudswell Clark 0-6-0 “Jennifer” – in action.

As usual, we will be running an intensive service throughout the 3 days. All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.

Our on train bars will be serving a selection of local draught beers and ciders, as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks. Our Real Ale Team have been scouring Essex breweries (a tough job!) to ensure you have an excellent selection of ales and ciders from locally sourced breweries to sample, and have secured the following draught ales from One Mile End Brewery:

  • Tinker’s Cuss Rye IPA (5.2% ABV)
  • Salvation! Pale Ale (4,4% ABV)
  • Hospital Porter (5.2% ABV)

For the first time, we will be using a steam engine (‘Jennifer’) to do shunt release operations at Ongar, providing an opportunity to see shunting occur as it would have been done in years gone by. The timetable has now been finalised.

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For those who would like to experience the unique place that is the cab of a steam loco, then we will be offering ‘driver-for-a-fiver’ on Hudswell Clark ‘Jennifer’  in and out of the platform in between its shunting duties. This will be on an ‘as time allows’ basis. These can’t be pre-booked so just approach the driver when you see Jennifer in the platform at Ongar.

Isabel Finds A Home Book CoverSunday 12 will also see Robert Gillman – author of “Isabel Finds A Home” – in attendance to carry out personalised book signings. Be sure to pick up your copy of this beautifully illustrated book about our own Hawthorne Leslie tank engine.

Gala tickets are still on sale, and any tickets purchased in advance will receive a discount.

We look forward to welcoming you on board.

 


June 2nd, 2016

9F and GWR Saloon Début Weekend

9F 92214We are delighted to confirm we have secured the 9F for an additional weekend – June 4 & 5 – and are thus able to give 92214 a chance to stretch its legs, prior to joining our other guest locos for our Steam Gala on the 10, 11, and 12 June. The 9F is the largest steam loco ever to visit the Epping Ongar Railway; it’s impressive size will be sure to impress, and it’s not to be missed.

The 9F was one of the most powerful steam locomotive types ever constructed in Britain, and successfully performed its intended duties. The class earned the nickname of ‘Spaceships’ due to its size and shape.

GWR Saloon W80970WIn addition to the 9F, we will be launching the latest addition to our coaching stock‎ fleet – a Great Western Inspection and Observation Saloon. This amazing coach will offer a unique view of the line for a small additional fee per journey.

On-hire W80970W was built in 1948 at Swindon, just before Nationalisation. Delivered to Newport in South Wales, it ended up in Scotland before being withdrawn in the late 1970s. Until recently, it was based at the Great Central Railway.

Don’t forget that we are now running the Steam-hauled service into Epping Forest, meaning you can enjoy the full length of our line without having to leave your seat.


June 1st, 2016

Steam into the Forest

11.35 train from Ongar - first train of the new Summer Timetable

11.35 train from Ongar

The Summer timetable stepped into action today with the first of our scheduled through services by steam from Ongar to our stop in Epping Forest. Over 100 passengers left on the 1135 service from Ongar ready to travel the full length of the line to Epping Forest and returned to North Weald – without leaving their seats.

Following its prompt departure at 11.35 from Ongar the train made its way to North Weald and after a short wait and picking up a further 30 passengers, it continued onto Epping Forest.

Calling at North Weald

                     Calling at North Weald

The journey through the ancient and historic woodlands of Epping Forest is a 20 minute round trip and in the summer the foliage of the trees is particularly verdant.

Ancient woodlands of Epping Forest

Ancient woodlands of Epping Forest

Our services stop around 100m short of our boundary with the Underground, and Epping Underground Station is just a couple of hundred metres further along.

First train of Summer 2016 timetable at the stop board near Epping Underground

First train of Summer 2016 timetable at the stop board near Epping Underground Station.

This weekend we run our timetable and with no disrespect to Jennifer, will have the extremely impressive 9F, 92214 running. The 9F is also a major attraction in our Steam Gala and 1940s events the following two weekends.

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Image courtesy of Joe Connell / UK Heritage Hub

For details about our summer timetable and other events get a dowload of our leaflet 2016 Timetable Leaflet.


May 26th, 2016

Peppa Pig Weekend Timetable

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Following the need for some last minute adjustments, the timetable for the trains this Saturday, Sunday & Monday is now available. We expect services by 205205 to be very busy, particularly departing Ongar, but this service must be run so as to allow the steam locomotive enough time to refill with water at North Weald. Because of this, we will be running steam services into the Forest.

There are no platforms at Epping Forest; the timings show are merely for reference to show expected journey time.


May 18th, 2016

Isabel In Print

Isabel Finds A Home Book CoverWe are delighted to announce the release of a new publication, which focuses on the life of our little Hawthorne Leslie “Isabel”.

“Isabel Finds A Home” was written by one of our own volunteers, Robert Gillman, and features beautiful watercolour illustrations by artist Alan Ward.

“Based on the life history of an industrial steam locomotive, this book has been written for children, as an introduction about the importance of saving our railway heritage.” Says Robert. “It is hoped they – and perhaps grown-ups, too – will develop a passion for preservation at a young age, and be encouraged to join the thousands of volunteers who spend their spare time lovingly restoring engines and railway infrastructure for us all to enjoy.”

Priced at £6.99, this new book is available in our gift shops now, along with other merchandise featuring some of the illustrations. It – along with fine-art prints, and a selection of other titles by Robert and his relations – can also be ordered through the Railway Cat Creations website.

Robert occasionally works on the steam locomotives and in the signalboxes; he will be in attendance on Sunday, 12 June to sign personalised copies for visitors to the Steam Gala.