Firstly, apologies for not getting the locomotive lineup out sooner, but its been a challenge to say the least in getting final confirmation of loco availability. However, we are pleased to confirm that the lineup for the weekend of April 22 & 23 will now be:
20001 (Courtesy of Class 20 Locomotive Society)
33002 (Courtesy of South Devon Diesel Traction Ltd.)
117/121 DMU hybrid
Unfortunately due to RSS’s commercial commitments we were unable to secure a suitable Class 08 however we have been promised a ‘winning’ 08 for our September Gala. Class 45 Peak 45132 will be on display and, although not operational, the the loco will be available for cab and engine room visits.
Hopefully, to make up for the loss of the 08, we will have managed to resurrect 03119 and have this shunter be involved in a Gala for the first time in several years; if available, 03119 will do several runs from North Weald to Epping Forest hauling our DMU hybrid.
As usual, we will be running an intensive 3-train-service throughout the weekend, with late running Beerex services on Saturday. 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 Main Line 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.
And for those who would like to see the line from the unique vantage point of a loco cab, we will be offering our unique and popular cab rides for a fiver. These can’t be pre-booked, so just approach the driver on the train you wish to travel on. Driver-for-a-Fiver will also be available using 03170 at North Weald.
Gala tickets are on sale now, and any tickets purchased in advance are discounted.
If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand, then please email Marco via email@example.com
Train and bus timetables, along with locomotive allocations, will soon be available – so watch this space.