Autumn Diesel Gala25, 26 September
Join us for 37029's 60th Birthday bash!
The diesel fleet comes to the fore for a weekend of action over some of the steepest gradients in preservation.
- Class 37, D6729 (37029), alongside
- Class 03 D.2170 making its gala debut in British Railways green livery
- Class 20, 20227 "Sherlock Holmes" in London Transport livery
- Class 47, 47635 "Jimmy Milne" paired with a rake of blue and grey coaching stock
- Class 14, D9551, courtesy of the SVR Class 14 Company Ltd.
Possibly the last appearance of D6729 (37029) in its current guise, before it has a well earned makeover as a 60th birthday present!
Our usual intensive 3 train service to be in operation, along with brake van rides and, and driver for a fiver with D.2170
The home fleet of D.2170, 37029 and 47635 are all expected to feature, alongside visiting locomotives 20227 and D9551 and our diesel multiple unit. 31438 is not planned to work at this event but will be spare/standby locomotive.
D6729 (37029) entered traffic on 3 October 1961, so the locomotive is celebrating its 60th birthday a few days early!
Train services will operate from 09.15 to 21.30 on the Saturday and 09.15 to 17.15 on the Sunday. A Saturday evening Real Ale Train will operate featuring 20001 and 37029. The evening service is included in the price of an All Day Rover ticket, though tickets for the Real Ale Train will also be available seperately should you just want to join us for the evening.
Inclusive heritage buses will operate to and from Epping Underground station (Central Line, zone 6) to connect with all trains. A limited bus service will connect with Shenfield, for Greater Anglia services.
Download Train Timetable
(v1.1 updated 18 September)
Our gradient profile can be found here.
Both locomotive hauled sets will be offering an on train Real Ale Bar (and other options!). Further details will be provided nearer the event.
An evening Real Ale Train will run on Saturday evening hauled by class 20, 20001 and class 37, 37029. These trains are included in the price of an All Day Rover ticket. A Fish and Chip Supper is available on the evening service, for an additional price of £10. If you wish to book this option, then after having purchased your diesel gala tickets, please contact our booking team by email, quoting your order number.
Driver for a fiver and Brake Van Rides
Class 03, D.2170 will be available for our popular Driver for A Fiver experiences, operating within station limits at North Weald, lasting approximately 25 minutes. These will operate on a first come, first served basis and tickets can be purchased on the day from North Weald booking office.
D.2170 will also be offering Brake Van rides from North Weald into Epping Forest. An additional charge of £5 per person per preturn trip will be payable to the Guard, or from North Weald booking office on the day. See the timetable for times of these.
It may be possible to offer cab rides for £5 per single journey (North Weald to Ongar, Ongar to North Weald or North Weald to Epping Forest and return). These will operate strictly on a first come first served basis and purely at the discretion of the train crew, some of whom may not feel comfortable with additional people in the cab, so please be understanding if a request is refused. Please speak to the crew of your chosen locomotive to book your place.
LNER Cafe 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 Cafe 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.
There will be trade stands at North Weald, including the Network Southeast Railway Society.
If you wish to attend with a trade stand, please contact us.
The following great value fares apply. These offer travel all day, and into the evening for Saturday tickets, including all train services, except where an additional charge is specified above, and all connecting heritage bus services.
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £53
Children under 3 are free - no ticket needed.