Steam Gala8, 9, 10 June


USA S169 Class 5197 announced as first visitor

Photo of 5197: Frank Richards


An intensive service will operate over all three days, during which the visiting 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.


The bus and train timetables and locomotive allocations will be available here nearer the event. 


Special fares apply. Tickets will be on sale shortly. Why not sign up to our newsletter or our social media feeds to be among the first to be notified when on sale. 

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.

S160 class 5197 S160 Class 5197

Photos: Frank Richards


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