Take a scenic ride through the picturesque Essex countryside on our steam and diesel services.
We’re running a simple service that will continue the process of bringing our heritage railway back to life. For this we need your support more than ever – both to travel on our Railway, and to follow the guidelines so that it is safe for everyone and to encourage your family and friends to come along too.
These services operate on Sundays 6, 13 and 20 June.
Steam services between North Weald and Ongar and return
We’re selling a selection of single tickets between North Weald and Ongar - you will need to buy an outward and return ticket for a round trip of the whole line.
A journey, conducted at your pace, suited for your family and with our social distancing and hygiene regimes locked into the process means you can be assured that it will be as safe as it can be. The times of the trains and fares can be found below. These services will be steam hauled by locomotive 5619.
Seats on the train are not reserved but please respect social distancing guidelines. The amount of tickets available on each train is limited to ensure there is sufficient space for all passengers to be socially distanced.
Please note that the 10.00 and 16.15 services from North Weald to Ongar, and the 10.25 and 16.40 services from Ongar to North Weald will be operated by our diesel multiple unit train.
Diesel services from North Weald into Epping Forest
Our diesel multiple unit train will be operating services from North Weald into Epping Forest. You can only board, and alight from, these services at North Weald. This service offers fantastic drivers eye views as the train travels through the ancient Epping Forest and, if the weather is good, you get a great view of London as you pass over what was the highest point of the London Underground network at Coopersale.
The diesel service is available to holders of tickets for the steam service at no additional cost. You do not need to pre-book the diesel service, and can make the journey into Epping Forest either before, or after, your booked steam service, so do ensure you leave plenty of time!
The steam and diesel services are guaranteed to connect at North Weald.
Under the current restrictions we have devised a simplified menu to ensure that we can continue to prepare good food safely that our customers will enjoy. One of the ways we’re doing this is to offer the opportunity to buy a ready-made picnic lunch for £6.00 per person consisting of either a ham or cheese sandwich, a premium Fentiman's soft drink, a savoury such as mini-cheddars or twiglets and a cake to make up a filling picnic. Please order these at the time of booking and it will be ready for you to collect from North Weald Station on arrival. These packs are not suitable for customers with allergens or special dietary requirements. However, alternative vegan and vegetarian options will be available to purchase on the day, subject to availability.
Why not take the steam train to Ongar, and enjoy your picnic on our picnic tables at the station, before exploring the town and taking a later steam service back?
Picnic Lunch tickets can only be purchased in conjunction with a travel ticket
In line with government legislation, face coverings must be worn onboard our train services.
The Penny Salon Gallery
We are unable to open the Penny Salon gallery at Ongar station. However, it will be going "on tour" with with a 'taster' display in the North Weald Booking Office area, plus weather permitting, showing folios of steam images from an adjacent Kiosk in front of the station building.
Here are some ideas for your day out with us.
Tour of Ongar
You can download our own leaflet detailing a walking tour of Ongar Town Centre. To help with social distancing, the route is described both clockwise and anticlockwise. The walk takes approximately one hour and passes some of the historical buildings in the town.
Download clockwise tour of Ongar (pdf file)
Download anticlockwise tour of Ongar (pdf file)
If you give yourself a good couple of hours then you will have ample time to visit the oldest wooden church in the world (even if it is closed to visitors it is lovely to look at from the outside). Nevertheless it is a wonderful building to see from the outside and the walk to the church is lovely.
It is advised that you book a one-way ticket from North Weald to Ongar. Once you are at the station get out your map, walk towards Greensted Church and follow the Essex Way back towards Epping. You will need to turn right at some point to make your way to North Weald. There are a few alternatives some of which will take you past our Railway so that you can see our old and lovely bridges from a different viewpoint. Do check your maps!
You can, of course, alternatively start at Ongar, take the train to North Weald and walk back!
A map of the Essex Way can be found here.
Light refreshments are available from our catering outlets at both North Weald and Ongar. Payment by contactless methods is preferred.
No visit to the railway is complete without a visit to our gift shop, which is open at North Weald. We have a wide selection of items available, all of which we have been careful to ensure that we offer quality gifts which appeal to the wider public with items suitable for ALL interests, ages and budgets, as well the more typical railway-themed items. Payment by debit or credit card is preferred, and please observe the one way system.
We have limited toilet facilities at both of our stations but particularly so at Ongar. There is a public toilet and a disabled toilet in the Town Centre at Ongar about 5 minutes walk from the station. Please consider using that if you are planning to spend some time in Ongar.
On account of our ‘one at a time’ policy for the toilets all of them will be suitable for use for men or women or parents accompanying children.
One Way System
We have introduced some one-way systems at our stations, please follow the signs and the requests of our volunteers. You will find that you will be asked to wait for services in particular places so that passengers can alight from our trains before you board.
Cleaning and Hygiene
As with all venues there is an increased emphasis on handwashing and cleaning. We have provided hand sanitiser at various locations around the Railway and you are encouraged to wash your hands more frequently. The train will be cleaned whenever it returns to North Weald during the day and also have a deep clean prior to being put into service.
Our toilets and more importantly the surfaces within the toilets, will be cleaned more frequently during the day with relevant disinfectants.
Please help us by using the litter bins for all your waste.
Photo: Owen Hayward
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Steam hauled service: North Weald to Ongar
|North Weald (depart)||10.00||11.15||12.30||13.45||15.00||16.15|
Steam hauled service: Ongar to North Weald
|North Weald (arrive)||10.40||11.55||13.10||14.25||15.40||16.55|
D - these services are operated by our diesel multiple unit train.
- These services are planned to be operated by a steam locomotive.
Diesel service from North Weald to Epping Forest
|North Weald (depart)||10.50||12.05||13.20||14.35||15.50|
|North Weald (arrive)||11.10||12.25||13.40||14.55||16.10|
You can only join, or alight from, the diesel service at North Weald. The diesel service is gauranteed to connect with the steam services to Ongar. You may travel on the diesel service for no extra charge either before, or after, your booked steam service.
There are no bus services running in conjunction with these services; parking will available at North Weald station (CM16 6BT), or in public car parks in Ongar. There is no parking available at Ongar station.
Tickets and Fares
The following fares apply:
Adult: £7.50 single, £15 return; Child (age 3 and over): £4 single; £8 return.
Children under 3 are free - no ticket needed.
Optional Picnic Lunch: £6 per person
Tickets must be booked in advance up until midnight of the day of travel. All tickets are sold as single fares - you must select both and outward and return services if you are making a return journey.
To allow us to maintain social distancing on the services, tickets are only valid on the steam hauled services selected when booking. They also allow travel on the diesel service to Epping Forest either before, or after, your steam hauled service at no additional cost.
Picnic Lunches can only be purchased in conjunction with a travel ticket.
All tickets will be scanned electronically on arrival. This can be from a mobile phone or a print out. Please help us by making sure that you have these ready for our volunteers.
Passengers are asked to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the departure of their train.
Every effort will be made to operate services as advertised but the Epping Ongar Railway reserves the right to substitute diesel traction in unavoidable circumstances. No refunds will be offered in the event that diesel traction is substituted.
If you have any queries not answered on this page then you can contact us.