In the first instance, all press enquiries should be directed to our railway switchboard on 01277 365 200. During weekdays, we are normally able to answer questions and provide comments or interviews between 9am to 5pm. Alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We aim to reply to all press enquiries within 2 working days.
Press releases regarding all aspects of the railway's operation and announcing major developments are on our News page.
There are regular updates on the huge variety of works being undertaken by volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to restore and preserve the railway on our "Department Diary". Please contact the railway switchboard, where we can put you in touch with the project leaders or individuals involved for comments and quotes.
High resolution pictures are always available covering all aspects of the railways work, latest developments and historic pictures of the branch from our archives team.
We are pleased to accommodate pre-booked photographers onto site. Please get in touch with the railway, using the details above, to arrange a mutually convenient time for their visit. Due to health and safety photographers need to sign in and be escorted when in the "line-side" areas (outside of the public areas). We would also appreciate an indication of the publication date or a copy, for our archives team to hold a copy of the article.
Background Information for Editors
(to be read in conjunction with press releases)
- Epping Ongar Railway owns and operates the railway between Ongar, through North Weald, to the boundary adjacent to the London Underground Central Line.
- The railway was opened in 1865, operated by London Underground from 1949 and passenger services were withdrawn by LU in 1994.
- EOR is committed to once again enabling people to travel by rail from Epping to Ongar, providing both services for visitors and for local people, run by local people.
- EOR operates a heritage bus link which connects North Weald to Epping tube station, to assist visitors arriving from London, and our buses link other local events and places of interest. These are also available for private hire, media events or corporate use.
- Like other heritage railway's, the railway is predominantly staffed by volunteers, without whom the railway would be unable to operate heritage services.
- EOR offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, suited to all ages and abilities. The majority of our volunteers are not from a railway background, and the railway prides itself in having a diverse range of ages (from mid-teens to 80s) and rewarding tasks for both males and females; whether that is operating trains, working in the ticket offices, retail/catering or maintaining the infrastructure and lineside areas.
- The station and signalbox at Ongar has been carefully restored into Great Eastern Railway period (1880-1930s), and is the only original, operational GER station in its original colours. The interiors have been painstakingly restored to return the rooms to their original layouts and, as far as practicable, original features incorporated.
- North Weald station and signalbox has been restored into London & North Eastern and British Railways (Eastern) (1930-1960s) colours, again restoring the station back to its original layout to ensure an authentic visitor experience.
- EOR aspires to operate a wide range of services, both to cater for a wide range of passengers as well as filming work, charter trains, visiting guest locomotives, Santa Specials, provide training facilities for the rail industry and fulfilling childhood dreams through red letter "driver experience" days.
Sponsorship, Assistance and Donations: There are many local and some national companies who have very kindly assisted the railway as we work to once again run services to Epping. We would like to formally acknowledge the generous sponsorship and assistance of the following companies:
Website: Our website is hosted by Paul-Skinner.com and maintained by Epping Ongar Railway. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for all his hard work on the site over the many years. This task can be often over-looked, but none-the-less is essential to ensure you can read about the railway on this screen.
Photos: The top homepage photo is courtesy of Martin Pearson.
This website is W3C web-standards compliant to the XHTML 1.0 Strict Doctype almost all the time. We constantly do our best to make it accessible to all.
Network Rail: Network Rail and its contractors have been very helpful in making us aware and donating historic items for re-use and preservation on the branch. Examples include the heritage signals formally at Colchester and Thorpe-le-Soken which have been restored and are now signalling trains on EOR.
London Underground: London Underground and their contractors have also been very helpful to us donating redundant items and materials, which have been able to be saved and re-used on EOR, to help us keep trains running. EOR has also hosted a number of visits by LU and its staff, as the branch provides ideal nearby training facilities.
LimehouseLighting.com: Limehouse Lighting kindly made the lamps for Ongar's Grade II listed station, carefully making them the correct size and dimensions to match in with the original Great Eastern picture rail, emphasising the period feel to the station through careful "gas effect" lighting.
PeriodStyleLighting.co.uk: Period Style Lighting went to great efforts to adjust some of their excellent products to suit the lighting requirements at Ongar, and provided some excellent "gasolia" style globes, which when fitted with spiral low energy bulbs, really look like the gas light mantels that would have been originally fitted. This local firm even found and fitted "gas taps" to the dropper rods and donated an original street-lamp which the volunteers are restoring for use on one of the platforms.
Lineside Rail: Lineside are a local railway training provider, who train people on railway practices and how to maintain the track to ensure the safety of trains. Lineside have been using EOR for a number of years as a real-life classroom, where they can show students a variety of track types and students can learn first hand the techniques required, within a controllable environment, before undering work out on the mainline.
Emerson Crane Hire: Emerson have for a number of years provided both cranes and transport solutions to EOR, often at very competitive prices and short time-frames. Their experienced operators and "can do" attitude has helped ensure EOR recover a number of historic items, from lifting and transporting a whole signalbox, through to working alongside Network Rail and London Underground during the early hours of the morning, in the prompt and efficient recovery of items for preservation for future generations.
Ashstead Plant known as A-Plant Rail: A Plant have been supplying EOR with track maintenance tools for a number of years, and often provide these at very competitive rates to assist with ensuring our limited funds can go that little bit further.
WF Electrical Wholesalers: WF Electrical Wholesalers at Chelmsford and Harlow have supplied many items for the restoration of the buildings and rolling stock. They offer us a next day delivery to Ongar Station as well as an excellent service.
Beckwith and Son Precision Metal Work Danbury: They have supplied EOR's sheet metal requirements on a number of projects and offer us assistance and even off-cuts to assist our teams authentically restore our heritage vehicles.
Patrick Green of Ingatestone: are our local DIY store who offer a wide range of products at competitive prices compared to larger DIY chains combined with excellent customer service. Elektra, 164 St Marys Lane, Upminster. RM14 2BS, 01708250313. Although only a small shop, they carry a wider range than some larger DIY stores. Anything ordered are there in a day or so, Jo is very knowledgeable and obliging, and his prices very competitive. You can buy items not usually found elsewhere and are very helpful, getting items ordered specially for us.
Concept Communications: Is a professional printer specialising in government, technical and short run documents. Concept have been printing the Mixed Traffic journal and also assist the railway with some of its other printed requirements.
Carillion Rail: Carillion Rail donated over 700 tonnes of ballast and numerous rail sleepers and a turnout which was made redundant during the rebuilding of St Pancras station.
Country Bus: A hugely detailed site, recording the history of London's bus fleet since the 1940s.
Safer Chimneys: All chimney and flue types swept and vacuumed, birds nests and blockages removed safely, woodburners and stoves cleaned.