Autumn Diesel Gala20, 21 and 22 September


The diesel fleet come to the fore for three Autumn days of fantastic action over our challenging gradients! 

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.


  • Up to 9 locomotives in action!
  • Visiting locomotives to be announced
  • Home fleet including, 20001, 37029, 47635, class 03 D.2170 and 08114
  • The return of class 205 Diesel Electric Multiple Unit 205205
  • Blue locomotives on blue and grey coaching stock

31438 and 37029 near North Weald Class 20 20001

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 vintage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.The buses in operation should be in keeping with diesel era! 


On train bars

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.


Saturday Evening Real Ale Train and Fish and Chip supper

Services on the Saturday will run into the evening with our popular Real Ale Trains. Diesel Gala All Day Rover tickets are valid on the evening services.


Cab rides and Brake Van Rides

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; we also be offering brake van rides and a chance to drive one of our shunting locomotives within station limits at North Weald. (An additional fare applies for cab rides, brake van rides and driver experience). Tickets for these can't be pre-booked but will be available on a first come first served basis on the day from the ticket office at North Weald, or the driver of your chosen cab ride locomotive. 


LNER Café at North Weald and the Buffet Stop at Ongar

Our catering outlets will be open all day. Hot snacks and other light refreshments and hot and cold drinks are available at the LNER Café at North Weald, including breakfast rolls until 11.30; the Buffet Stop at Ongar will be offering hot and cold drinks and other light refreshments. 



The train and bus timetables will be available closer to the event


Gradient Profile

Locomotives will need to work hard over our challenging gradients which are some of the steepest in preservation! 

View our gradient profile


The Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar station

The Penny Salon gallery at Ongar station will be open and will be showing a topical photographic exhibition.


Class 47 locomotive 47635 hauling blue and grey coaches

Getting to us

There is limited parking at our stations. Passengers can use the public car parks in Ongar which are a short walk away from the station, or use our vintage London bus service which will provide connections with all our train services to Epping Underground station (Central Line and in zone 6). Some buses will also run to Shenfield station for connections with Elizabeth Line and Greater Anglia services.

Details on how to get us



Fares to be announced

All fares include unlimited travel on our train and vintage London bus services on the date of your visit. 

Further details to be announced

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