Autumn Diesel Gala15, 16 September
- sole surviving Class 17 "Clayton" D8568, courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group
- long term visitor 20001
- our homefleet of 03170, 31438 and 37029
Regrettably the repairs to 47635 will not be completed in time, so the locomotive will no longer be working at this event.
This is the second of our ever popular Diesel Galas for 2018, where the home fleet, along with some interesting visiting locomotives, come out to be put through their paces over some of the most challenging gradients in preservation. We are delighted to welcome sole surviving class 17 locomotive D8568, making its debut on the line, courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group.
Class 45 "Peak" locomotive 45132 will be on display and, although not yet operational, the owning group hope to have the loco available for cab and engine room visits.
As usual we will be running a 3 train intensive service throughout the weekend with late running Real Ale trains 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 National Rail stations.
Our on train bars will be also be open, serving a selection of draught beers, as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks, and, on the Saturday evening, we will be running our Real Ale Train.
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 £5; we will also be offering driver-for-a-fiver courses and brake van rides (both for an adidtional fare of £5 per return trip). These can't be pre-booked, so just approach the driver (or drivers) accordingly.
At North Weald we will have a pop-up shop selling second hand books, with a diesel theme. New books are available in Ongar and North Weald Gift Shops, many at reduced prices.
Follow the links for the bus and train timetables:
Trains between Epping Forest, North Weald and Ongar - version 2 (with locomotive allocations)
Our gradient profile can be found here.
Special Fares Apply. Discounted advance tickets can be booked online below!
In advance: Adult £16; Child £10; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £43
On the day: Adult £18; Child £12; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £49
Tickets are valid for travel all day on our trains and connecting buses, including the evening real ale trains.
Additional fares apply for "Driver for a fiver"; "Cab Rides for £5" and "Brake Van rides". None of these can be pre-booked, simply speak to the crew on the day to book your place!
Our stations will only be accessible to passengers holding a ticket valid on the train services.
We will be serving a selection of real ales and ciders in the Flag and Whistle on-board bar, all day. The following are expected to be available:
Redemption Brewing Company
- Trinity - Golden Ale - 3%
- Hopspur - English Bitter - 4.5%
- Big Chief - English IPA - 5.5%
- Fellowship - Porter - 5.1%
- Rock the Kazbek - Blonde Ale - 4%
One Mile End
- Great Tom Mild - 3.8%
- Salvation Pale Ale - 4%
- Tinkers Cuss - Rye IPA - 5.2%
- India Red Ale (in collaboration with The Shotover Brewing Company) - 4.8%
The cider list has yet to be confirmed.
Real Ale Train - Saturday Evening
We will be running trains into the evening on the Saturday. All Diesel Gala All Day Rover Tickets are valid on the Real Ale Train, the supplement of £10 is only if you are not in posession of a Gala All Day ticket.
Further details of the Real Ale Train can be found here.
If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand, please email Marco (email@example.com) and reserve your space now.
D8568 - Andy Duncan and Keith Valla.