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).

 

 


November 18th, 2014

EORVS Photo Charter

On Saturday November 15, the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society organised and hosted their first photo charter at North Weald station.

37029 and some of the volunteers

Photographers – comprising a mix of EORVS members, local camera club members and members of other photographic charter groups – gathered at North Weald for the event, which was lit by Jason Cross.

Several formations were offered to attendees, and included the class 31 posing with the Taylor and Hubbard engineering crane, which made its first appearance following its recent repaint. 03119 was also posed with a short freight working, whilst 37029 offered something different, being lined up with a set of carriages.

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2 buses from the vintage fleet were also available on the station forecourt, being repositioned throughout the evening.

Despite some patches of fog drifting in, the event was well received. It is hoped that the EORVS will be able host more of these types of events in the future, which help raise funds for the railway.

Photographs courtesy of Owen Hayward


October 14th, 2014

OUR DVD NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

The official DVD of Epping Ongar Railway is now available to purchase direct from the producer of the film.

BACK ON TRACK DVD

 

‘BACK ON TRACK: THE REBIRTH OF EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY’ is a 60 minute DVD that explores the operations, recent restoration and local history of the Essex branch line. It includes contributions by EOR volunteers, former railway staff, and members of the local community about the part the line has played in the area. The DVD also features a ‘Bonus Track’ that shows a driver’s eye journey from Epping to Ongar on the former LT Central Line during the days when the line was electrified.

This DVD is priced at £12.00 plus (£1.50 postage) and will make a superb gift for railway or local history enthusiasts.

Purchase your copy now.


October 3rd, 2014

SOUTHERN SATURDAY OCTOBER 11

We are bringing a Southern feel to the EOR on Saturday 11 October.

We plan to utilise 73134, 33202 and NSE Thumper 205205 on the diesel hauled services.

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73134 and 205205 are confirmed; 33202 is subject to having some engine work finished in time, but we are confident it will be available.

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73134 will be leaving EOR immediately after the weekend, returning to Burton and Nemesis Rail.

So for those who missed our diesel gala, this will be the last chance to have 73134 and 33202.

More details will follow with diagrams etc.

(P.S. – for those of a kettle disposition, Large Prairie 4141 will still be on the steam turns.)

All advertised locomotives are subject to operational availability.


September 17th, 2014

End of Tube – 26-28 September

Tube Returns to Ongar

For one weekend in September, families and friends, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in railways can see and ride on an historic Tube Train which will once again be operating to and from Ongar!

To commemorate 20 years since the cessation of Underground services between Epping and Ongar, the Epping Ongar Railway will be holding an End of Tube Event on 26, 27 & 28 September. To recreate the atmosphere of the former London Underground line, we will be operating in passenger service the 3-car Cravens set dating from 1960 that regularly ran on the branch and operated the last train on 30th September 1994.

As the line is no longer electrified, the train will be hauled by two Schoma Diesel locomotives owned and operated by London Underground. This is the first time that these locos have been used to haul a passenger train and is likely to be the only opportunity to ride behind them, particularly as it is planned to convert some of them to battery power soon.

Following withdrawal, the Cravens set was purchased for preservation by Cravens Heritage Trains, a group established for the purpose of preserving and operating the train for future generations to enjoy. This is the first time the Cravens unit has been used for 10 years.

Roger Wright, Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway said,
“We’ve been working with the owners and London Underground on bringing this together for months and are really pleased that it has been possible to make the Cravens the centrepiece of our event. We’re very proud of our heritage and the links with the London Underground and Cravens Heritage Trains. It really will be an extraordinary weekend.”

In addition, former Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive ‘Met 1′, will be visiting the Epping Ongar Railway for this event. Met 1 ran on London Underground’s popular -heritage steam services. It generated world-wide interest when at the centre of London Underground’s ‘Tube 150’ celebrations in 2013 and in 2014, the commemorative trains operated on a section of the Hammersmith & City line and on the north end of the Metropolitan line to Chesham. Working with a selection of restored former-London Transport rolling stock will mean that in addition to hauling passenger services the Railway will be running demonstration freight trains.

Dave Horsley, Chief Mechanical Engineer said,
“Met 1 came to the Railway for our Tube 150 event last year and it’s great that we’ve been able to get the loco back for our End of Tube event. With the Cravens, Met 1 and the Schomas, we’ll be able to create a unique display of steam and tube trains along the line, plus this will be the first time ever that passengers will be able to travel behind the Schoma locomotive.”

To start the proceedings on the Friday morning, Mike Brown MVO, the Managing Director of London Underground, will be unveiling a replica 0.0km sign at Ongar reminding us that distances on the Underground to this day are measured from Ongar.

Mike Brown said: “The Epping Ongar railway is an important and beautifully preserved part of our rail heritage. Our links with the railway remain strong, with many families and railway enthusiasts travelling to Epping on the Central line to enjoy a taste of history, and some of our former staff helping to keep the railway running for future generations to enjoy. Although train technology has moved on a great deal since the 1960’s, it’s always great fun to step back in time in the way that this superb event allows – particularly in such a unique setting.”

Sunday will also feature visiting buses, which will operate additional services in the area. This will include the launch of prototype Routemaster CRL 4, the front of which has been restored to its original 1957 style. It is hoped that all four prototypes will be in attendance, for the first time in many years and they will be joined by a display of buses from the 1940’s right up to one of the New Routemasters which will be in service alongside former London buses from the 1950’s to the 1980’s’

Tickets available from our booking pages – click here


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

73134 TO REPLACE 73114 AT AUTUMN DIESEL GALA

(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