Epping 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.
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.
Sunday 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.