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Epping Ongar Railway

INFORMATION FOR THE VISITOR

RCD’s Overview

The Epping Ongar Railway runs through attractive countryside on a line formerly built by the Great Eastern Railway, which later became part of the London Underground system, before its closure in 1994. A comparative new-comer to the heritage scene, the railway is well worth a visit. It is very conveniently located at the end of the Central Line of the London Underground (just a bus ride away). Its trains comprise both ex-main line steam and diesel locomotives. An interesting feature is the heritage buses that it runs (for example, Epping station to North Weald station) as part of the overall heritage experience.

 

Key Facts (where and when)

Extent of Railway (where to where):

North Weald to Ongar (Essex)

Principal Visitor Centre:

North Weald station (CM16 6BW)

Period of Operation*

- April to October (Weekends and bank holidays)

- November to January (Special event trains)

 [* This is a summary. Please go to the railway’s website for definitive operating days] 

 

Key Facts (what you’ll see)

Services usually steam or diesel?

On most days, mix of both steam and diesel

Type of Steam / Diesel Locomotives Used:

Steam (mid-sized tank locomotives)

Diesel (former BR main line locomotives and DMUs)               

Length of Line:

6 miles

Time taken for a round trip:

50 minutes

Number of trains per day:

7 in each direction

Number of Stations:

2 stations

Time to allow for Visit: 

1 to 2 hours

Prices:

Adult Rover: £16. Concession Rover: £16.Child: £8 Family: £41

Museum:

No

Shop/Cafe:

Yes/Yes

Picnic/Play areas:

Yes

Preservation Established:

2004

Car Park Facilities:

Limited free parking at North Weald station

 

Key Facts (Galas/Events/Dining)

Dining Trains:

- The Epping Fryer

- Real Ale Trains

 Event Trains:

- Light Fantastic: Mid Nov to mid-January

- Santa Specials: December

 Principal Galas:

- Spring Diesel Gala: April

- Steam Gala: June

- Autumn Diesel Gala: September

Experiences:

- Driver Experience

- Signal Box Experience

- Steam Train and Guided Tours


Contacts

Email:                                                                   enquiries@eorailway.co.uk

Telephone:                                                           01277 365200

Website:                                                                www.eorailway.co.uk

Social Media:                                                        https://www.facebook.com/EppingOngarRailway

                                                                                Also on Instagram and YouTube


INFORMATION FOR THE ENTHUSIAST

Brief History of the Railway and its Preservation  

The Great Eastern Railway built the railway to Ongar in 1865 by an extension to its line from Stratford to Loughton opened in 1856. The extension was single-track, although Loughton to Epping was doubled in the 1890s.  The Epping to Ongar section always remained single. In 1949 the electrified Central Line was extended to Epping and the whole line, including that to Ongar, became part of London Underground. The Ongar section was not electrified at the time and so a shuttle service operated between Epping and Ongar. It was finally electrified in 1958 however to low grade standards, and accordingly the shuttle service arrangement continued. In 1994 the line was closed as a consequence of low usage. The line was reopened by the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society in 2004, and it has rapidly grown in terms of its collection and operations, and popularity, since that time.

 

Principal Aspiration

To extend the line from North Weald to Epping, connecting to London Underground services

 

Steam Operational Locomotives:

(1) GWR Hall 4900 Class No. 4953 ‘Pitchford Hall’

(2) GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T locomotive – No. 5521

(3) Hawthorn Leslie - No. 3437

 

Diesel Operational Locomotives/DMU:

(1) BR Class 47 - 47635

(2) BR Class 37 - D6729 (37029)

(3) BR Class 31 - 31438

(4) Heritage DMU Class 117

(5) Heritage DMU Class 121 DTS - W56287

(6) BR Class 08 shunter - 08 114 (on loan to railway)

(7) BR Class 03 - D2170 (03170)

 

Steam Locomotives Under Overhaul:

5101 Class Large Prairie - No. 4141

 

Diesel Locomotives/DEMU Under Overhaul:

(1) BR Class 45 - 45132

(2) BR Class 25 - D7523 (25173)

(3) BR Class 20 - D8001 (20 001)

(4) DEMU ‘Hampshire’ Class 205 unit

(5) BR Class 03 - 03119 (D2119)

 

Stored/ Under Restoration/ Out of Service:

- RSH 7667

- RSH 7761

- London Underground Driving Motor 1031

 


INFORMATION ON THE SUPPORT GROUP

Name of Support Group:

Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society

Annual membership fee:

Adult: £20. Junior: £12. Family: £36

 

Benefits of membership:                                  

-          Discounted travel fares.

-          Member’s Social Evenings.

-          Discounts on purchases from the refreshment outlets

-          Quarterly Magazine, ‘Mixed Traffic’

 

How to Join:                                                          www.eorailway.co.uk/support/membership

 

What They Say About Volunteering:

Like all heritage railways, the Epping Ongar Railway could not operate without our friendly team of volunteers and helpers as well as the local businesses and groups that kindly assist. Volunteers undertake all the jobs that are essential for the safe and smooth operation of the railway, both the jobs that might first come to mind, as well as many that may go unnoticed, but are never the less essential to making the trains run.

 

How to Volunteer:                                               Go to www.eorailway.co.uk/support/volunteering

 

How to Donate:                                                    Go to www.eorailway.co.uk/support/donate

 

WHY JOIN:                  Help the railway achieve its ambition of extending to Epping.

                                                                               

 

INFORMATION ON OTHER SOCIETIES WITH RELATED INTEREST

Those interested in this railway may also be interested in the following railway societies also listed on this

website:

 

Traditional Railway Societies:

- Great Eastern Railway Society

- London Underground Railway Society

 

Model Railway Clubs:

- Epping Railway Circle


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