Festival of Steam - Leander's Farewell11, 12 May
The final part of our Festival of Steam trilogy sees visiting Jubilee class locomotive 45690 Leander, operating the final services of its current boiler certificate.
Catch 45690 Leander in action for the final time on its current boiler certificate, working over some of the most challenging gradients in preservation.
- STAR GUEST LOCOMOTIVE, London Midland and Scottish Railway, Stanier Jubillee class locomotive 45690 LEANDER making its last steamings of its current boiler certificate, courtesy of the Beet family
- Another of the home fleet of locomotives
All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of vintage London buses, which will provide connections with Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.
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.
The Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar station
The Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar station will have a topical photographic display from renowned photographers Geoff Silcock and Malcolm Batten. Admission is free.
Train and bus timetables
Train and vintage London bus times will available closer to the event.
Getting to us
It's easy to get to us via the London Underground and Elizabeth Line and Greater Anglia services. Our inclusive heritage London buses will run from right outside the front of Epping Underground station (Central Line, zone 6) and from Shenfield station (for Elizabeth Line and Greater Anglia services), connecting with our train services at North Weald and Ongar stations. These will connect with the first and last train services, as well as running regularly throughout the day, so you will not miss a minute of the action! Timetables with bus times will be available shortly.
There is only limited car parking for disabled passengers at our stations, which must be booked in advance. Public car parks are available in Ongar (charges may apply), a short walk from the station (use postcode CM5 9AB); Alternatively passengers may park at Epping Station (charges apply) and join our heritage bus service (use postcode CM16 4HW).
We encourage you to use your camera and video for personal use on our station platforms and designated foot crossings. For your own and our staff's safety, please do not leave the public areas or trespass on the lineside areas.
The following great value fares apply today. All our tickets offer unlimited travel on all train and vintage London bus services on the day of your visit.
|On the day
Children under 3 are free - no ticket needed.
Our stations will only be accessible to passengers holding a ticket valid on the train services.
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K Felstead and A Perryman
About the visiting locomotive
London Midland and Scottish Railway, Stanier, Jubilee class, 45690 Leander
Designed for ordinary main line work, and built in 1936, “Leander” was based initially at Crewe before moving to Bristol where it remained until withdrawal from British Railways service in 1964. The locomotive was rescued from Barry scrapyard in 1972 and has spent most of its preservation career working steam hauled charter trains back on the mainline. Since 2021 Leander has been restricted to heritage railway operation, and the visit to the Epping Ongar Railway is expected to be its farewell appearance before expiry of its boiler certificate later in May.