We are proud to announce the full line-up for our Spring Diesel Gala, which is being held on April 23 and 24, and also announce another visitor to the Epping Ongar Railway for the weekend event.
Picture: Rob Reedman
Continuing our love affair with Class 08s, we are delighted to announce we have been able to secure Nemesis Rails’ Class 08 13236 (08168) from their Burton Depot.
We are also pleased to put both our Class 03s back into the line up – especially 03119, which will be coming out of traffic for some much needed TLC after the Gala. Something new for EOR will be Driver for Fiver using 03170 all weekend.
Picture: Geoff Tibble
The full line up for the Gala will be;
Class 03 03119
Class 03 03170 (Driver for a Fiver Loco)
Class 08 13236
Class 20 D8059
Class 31 31438
Class 37 37029
Unfortunately, 47635 will not be available due unfinished repairs to its roof.
As per previous years we will be running an intensive 3 train service. We have also listened to comments from last year’s Autumn Gala, and the timetable will be tweaked to ensure as little down time as possible.
All going well, we will – for the first – time be running both hauled sets with on-board bars, and our Real Ale Team are out scouring Essex breweries (a tough job!) to ensure you have an excellent selection of ales and ciders to sample from locally sourced breweries.
We will also have a good selection of stands, including model railway sales, NSE Railway Society and the Class 45132 Group confirmed so far (email email@example.com to bring a stand.)
With 6 miles of challenging gradients all the locos are sure to be working hard and sounding great. Don’t forget that if you book in advance, you can get your Gala ticket for the price of our normal Rover Ticket, whilst tickets bought on the door have just a £2 uplift.
Picture: Owen Hayward
Included in the price will be free travel on our Heritage Buses, connecting you to the EOR from Epping LU Station and Shenfield Mainline Station.
Timetable and loco allocations will follow shortly.