Epping Ongar Railway is pleased to announce its biggest Diesel Gala to date, taking place over THREE days – Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. This all down to excellent support of our previous Diesel Galas, and phenomenal interest in a Deltic appearing for the first time.
55019 Royal Highland Fusilier was announced as our first guest some time ago, but we are now delighted to confirm Class 20 D8001 will be the second visiting loco, courtesy of The Class 20 Locomotive Society. D8001 has been through a thorough overhaul, and we can’t wait to see and hear her working flat out up our gradients.
We have also been able to secure another visitor in the form of a Class 08. Courtesy of Traditional Traction Ltd., we will see either 08460 or 08683 in attendance.
It was hoped Class 45 Peak 45132 would be ready but that now seems unlikely – it will still be on static display and the owning group have their fingers crossed they can at least have the power unit up and running, and that the loco will be available for cab visits.
As usual we will be running a 3 train intensive service throughout the weekend, with late running Beerex’s on Saturday. All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which operate between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield BR stations.
And for those who would like to see the line from the unique vantage point of a loco cab then we will be offering our popular cab rides for a fiver. Driver-for-a-Fiver will also be available. These can’t be pre-booked, so just approach the driver on the train you wish to travel on.
Our Gala Guide (draft cover shown) will be packed full of information on all the visiting locomotives and more, and is sponsored by The Railway, Heritage Railway, and Rail Express Magazines (published by Mortons Media Group Ltd.) This will be available complimentary when you purchase your travel tickets (limit of 2 per transaction), and additional copies available to purchase for £1.
Tickets are now on sale and, if purchased in advance, a discount is available.
We hope to announce more visitors, and that there will be something to satisfy all tastes. Until then, we look forward to welcoming you in September.