Steam Gala7, 8, 9 June
Our annual steam gala returns this June!
- Caledonian Railway 419, courtesy of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society
- United States Army Transportation Company S160 Class, 5197, courtesy of the Churnet Valley Railway and the owners Batt Holden Limited
- Hawthorn Leslie locomotive "Isabel"
- Metropolitan Number 1
An intensive service will operate over all three days, during which the engines will need to work hard on our challenging gradients.
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.
As well as our busy two train service we hope to be able to provide Brake Van rides (additional charge of £5 will apply per return journey).
Keep an eye on this page for further details, or why not follow us on twitter or like us on facebook for up to the minute information.
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.
Meet Malcolm Root FGRA at the Penny Salon Gallery
On 8 and 9 June, you can meet renowned railway artist, Malcolm Root FGRA, who will be showing a selection of some of his original transport paintings in the Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar station.
The following great value fares apply. Tickets allow unlimited travel all day on all our train and bus services.
In advance: Adult £20; Child £10; Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £51
On the day: Adult £22; Child £12; Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £57
Our stations will only be accessible to passengers holding a ticket valid on the train services.
Caledonian Railway 419
Recently overhauled, the locomotive last came south of the border in 1982 and is sure to be a popular visitor.
Built by the Caledonian Railway at Glasgow in 1907 the locomotive was designed for branch line work and fast suburban services and banking duties. It continued to operate under British Railways as number 55189 and was withdrawn in December 1962.
USATC S160, number 5197
The S160 is a 2-8-0 locomotive designed for heavy freight work across Europe, with a large number of the type deployed in Great Britain - although 5197 was exported directly to China where it remained until rescue for preservation in 1995. 5197 is normally based on the Churnet Valley Railway.
419 - Martin Creese