Steam Gala8, 9, 10 June
- United States Army Transportation Company S160 Class, 5197, courtesy of the Churnet Valley Railway and the owners Batt Holden Limited
- GWR Saddle Tank, 813, courtesy of the GWR 813 Preservation Fund and the Severn Valley Railway
- Hawthorn Leslie locomotive "Isabel" returning in a new livery.
- Hunslet Austerity 3883, "Lord Phil"
- Metropolitan Number 1
Photo of 5197: Frank Richards
We are proud to present five engines in steam for the first time! An intensive service will operate over all three days, during which the engines will need to work hard on our challenging gradients.
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.
Brake Van rides will be running on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June between North Weald and Coopersale Bridge using our Industrial Saddle Tank locomotive, Isabel. An additional charge of £5 per person per return journey will apply.
Isabel's new livery will be debuted on the morning of Saturday 9 June. The locomotive will be posed for photographs between 10.25 and 10.40 in platform 1 at North Weald.
The Penny Salon
The Penny Salon gallery at Ongar station will host a presentation from Malcolm Root, a Fellow of the Guild of Railway Artists, with the emphasis on his inspirational transport paintings into the Eastern Counties. Malcolm hails from Halstead in Essex, and his work is well known, especially for the limited edition prints available of many of his major works over the years, such as "Signalling Winter", set at Harringay West. There will also be the unveiling of his new painting based on Epping.
In connection with Isabel's launch of its new livery, Robert Gillman will be at North Weald on Saturday and Sunday signing copies of his book "Isabel Finds a Home". Priced at £6.99 it can be purchased from the Gift Shops at Ongar or North Weald.
Pop-up and Gift Shops
We will have a Popup Shop in the Marquee at North Weald selling Second Hand Steam related Books plus old copies of various Railway Magazines. The Gift Shops at Ongar and North Weald will be selling new Steam related books - many at reduced prices.
The bus and train timetables, including locomotive allocations, can be downloaded from the following links (pdf files):
Train timetable for Saturday 9 June (version 1.1)
We encourage you to use your camera and video for personal use on our station platforms and designated foot crossings. For your own and our staff's safety, please do not leave the public areas or trespass on the lineside areas.
The locomotives are facing in the following directions:
- 5197 - Ongar
- 813 - Epping
- 3883 "Lord Phil" - Epping
- Met 1 - Ongar
- Isabel - Ongar
The following fares apply, giving unlimited travel on trains and buses all day long. You can purchase discounted advance tickets using the link below.
In advance: Adult £20; Child £10; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £51.
On the day: Adult £22; Child £12; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £57.
USATC S160, number 5197
The S160 is a 2-8-0 locomotive designed for heavy freight work across Europe, with a large number of the type deployed in Great Britain - although 5197 was exported directly to China where it remained until rescue for preservation in 1995. 5197 is normally based on the Churnet Valley Railway.
Photos: Frank Richards
GWR Saddle Tank, 813
813 is an 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive built in 1900 by Hudswell Clarke for the Port Talbot Railway Company, which later became part of the GWR. It subsequently saw service at Backworth Colliery in Northumberland. The locomotive is owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund.
Pictures: Katie Pickersgill and Joe Connell