Spring Diesel Gala27, 28 April
- the return to traffic of 47635 following roof repairs and a repaint (subject to successful testing)
- class 25, D7612, courtesy of South Devon Diesel Traction
- our homefleet of 20001, 31438 and 37029
This is the first of our ever popular Diesel Galas for 2019, 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.
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 brake van rides (an additional fare of £5 per return trip applies).
NEW! "Drive a 20 for £20" - you can have the opportunity to drive class 20 locomotive D8001 within North Weald station limits!
Cab rides, Brake Van trips and "Drive a 20 for £20" will be offered on a first come first served basis. These can't be pre-booked. Simply speak to the crew on the day to reserve your place.
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.
Book Signing - London's East End Traction - Steam, Diesel and Electric
Dave Brennand' s eagerly awaited sequel to his previous books on East London traction entitled LONDON'S EAST END TRACTION STEAM, DIESEL AND ELECTRIC is being published in March.
We are pleased to say he will be signing copies of his new book at the Diesel Gala in North Weald Gift Shop on both days. Copies can be purchased at Ongar and North Weald shops on the day and also from Dave himself.
An intensive 3 train service will operate, with heritage buses running from Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations to connect with all trains.
The train timetable, together with locomotive allocations, can be downloaded here.
The bus timetable will be available shortly.
Our gradient profile can be found here.
The following fares apply today.
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 "Drive a 20 for £20"; "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.
You can purchase your tickets via the options below.
We will be serving a selection of real ales and ciders in the Flag and Whistle on-board bar, all day. The Real Ale list will be shown below once 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 £12 is only if you are not in possession 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and reserve your space now.
D7612 and 31438 - Andy Duncan
37029 - Mark Lewis