Departments Diary

Our volunteers don't just provide the operational staff. There is lots of maintenance and restoration activity also taking place. This is where you can find out about the various things our departments get up on and around the railway. If this has inspired you to join us, then you can find further details here.

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Volunteering for all

21st October 2021

One of our volunteers, Mandy Hewlett, writes: Since the inception of local isolated wooden wagonways in the 1560s, through the railway boom in the 1840s and even in more modern times, the rail industry has been perceived as male dominated. Historically, women employed were often wives, or ...

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From 1111 to 205205

8th November 2020

The Beginning In 1955 the British Railways Modernisation Plan did not envisage electrification of the cross country routes in Hampshire and East Dorset at any time in the near future. However, there was a need for modernisation of these services as they were operated in the main by pre-grouping ...

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Replacing a Signal Arm

6th April 2020

In late February and early March, a volunteer from our signalling team undertook the uneviable task of replacing the semaphore arm of one of our signals at Ongar. Dan Sewell writes: As our passengers may have noticed, the arm of the signal by the signal box at Ongar (named ...

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I love it! A Volunteers perspective

4th June 2019

Like all heritage railways, the Epping Ongar Railway could not operate without our friendly team of volunteers. As well as operating our train services, our volunteers help maintain our buildings and rolling stock, help out with catering and even being bus conductors on our connecting heritage bus ...

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Back to the Future

28th February 2019

Chris Travers from our diesel team writes... Do you ever get that feeling that your past life has disappeared? Your old school has gone, the then cutting-edge office, factory, workshop or depot, where you spent so many working years, is now just a hole in the ground? That is much how I felt ...

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Diesel Fleet Update

12th January 2019

Class 03 119 The locomotive has been dismantled ahead of a planned overhaul; the gearbox from this shunter has been removed and placed into sister 170. As part of the overhaul, the seriously corroded areas of bodywork will be repaired. Class 03 170 The gearbox from this locomotive has been ...

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