Real Ale Train27 April

Following the success of our Real Ale Trains last year, we're running them again this year!

Real Ale Train

Running as part of our Spring Diesel Gala, with classic diesel traction at the helm, the train fare is just £12 for travel after 5pm - with a small discount if booked more than two weeks in advance. (£6 for holders of our residents railcard). If you wish to enjoy the full day with us, then our All Day Rover ticket includes travel all day during the Diesel Gala on the Real Ale Train.

We plan to have a selection of local real ales and 2 ciders available, bottled ales together with bar snacks, onboard the train in the Flag and Whistle Bar. You can also purchase your own souvenir glasses from the bar. The Flag and Whistle will also now accept contactless payments. 

Leave the car at home!

There will be buses from Epping (a single return journey is included in the price of your ticket) and a final bus to connect with the last train arriving at North Weald will also be provided. Please see times below.


Real Ale and Cider

The following are expected to be available (while stocks last!): 

Keppels Brewery

  • Tipsy Crow Stout (winner of EOR real ale festival beer of the festival 2017)
  • Home to Roost
  • Crows by the Crouch

Mighty Oak Brewery

  • Flint Knapper
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Captain Bob
  • Maldon Gold
  • Engine Driver
  • Old Man and the Sea


  • Aspalls Ciderkyn
  • Aspalls Temple Moon
  • Rosie's Pig with Rhubarb

Hot Food

We expect to offer a hot food option of fish and chips with a bread roll for an addtional charge of £8.50. This will be served on the train at your seat during the evening. This option must be pre-ordered. This can be done online, below. Alternatively, bar snacks will be available throughout the evening. 

Flag and Whistle on train bar


Follow this link for the timetable for the trains and connecting heritage buses from Epping Underground and Shenfield stations. Your ticket for the Real Ale train is valid on all services shown on the timetable. 


Other dates for your diary

More Real Ale trains will run on the following dates:

And don't forget our Real Ale Festival - July 19, 20 and 21.

Book your tickets online, below, now!

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