Spring Diesel Gala23, 24 April


  • visiting locomotives (to be confirmed)
  • our homefleet of 03170200013143837029 and 47635
  • Class 117/121 Diesel Multiple Unit
  • British Railways blue liveried locomotives working with blue and grey liveried coaching stock

47635 at Blake Hall 31438


This is the first of our ever popular Diesel Galas for 2022, where 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.

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 Heritage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.

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.

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 for £5; we also hope to be offering brake van rides (an additional fare of £5 per return trip applies). 

Cab rides and Brake Van trips will be offered on a first come first served basis. These can't be pre-booked. Simply speak to the crew on the day to reserve your place.  

37029 between North Weald and Ongar



An intensive 3 train service will operate, with heritage buses running from Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations to connect with all trains.

The train and bus timetables, together with locomotive allocations, will be available closer to the event. 

Our gradient profile can be found here

Class 20, 20001


Real Ale

We will be serving a selection of real ales and ciders in the Flag and Whistle on-board bar, all day. A real ale list will be available here closer to the event.


Photo Credits

31438 - Andy Duncan
37029 - Mark Lewis

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