Autumn Diesel Gala15, 16 September


Class 17 D8568 will star Class 17 D8568 Class 47, 47635

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; subject to availability, we may even be able to offer driver-for-a-fiver courses and brake van rides. 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.

Class 31, 31438 Class 20, 20001


The train and bus timetables for this event are still being developed. Check back nearer the event or keep an eye on our social media pages. 

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!


Real Ale

We will be serving a selection of real ales and ciders in the Flag and Whistle on-board bar, all day. Check back here later for the ales we expect to be available.  


Real Ale Train - Saturday Evening

Real Ale Train Bar

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.

Sales Stands

If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand, please email Marco ( and reserve your space now.

Photo credits

D8568 - Andy Duncan and Keith Valla. 


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