Winter Warmer Diesel Service27, 28, 29, 30 December

Enjoy a family day out this festive season with our heated winter warmer services!


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Class 31 and Class 37 locomotives

Enjoy a family day out with a journey through the Essex countryside this festive season, with our diesel hauled winter warmer services from 27 to 30 December.

All services will operate as a round trip from North Weald, travelling via Ongar and into Epping Forest. You will be able to alight for approximately 20 minutes at Ongar whilst the locomotive runs round the train ready for the return journey, but you must return to North Weald on the same train. On the return from Ongar there will be a short stop at North Weald whilst another locomotive is attached to the rear of the train, before the train continues into Epping Forest. 

These trains are planned to be diesel hauled. There will be no steam locomotives in operation.

You will not be able to start your journey at Ongar station, and no single tickets will be available. You cannot alight from the train at Epping Forest. 

We will have a choice of individual compartments for groups of up to 6 people, or seats in our open carriages.

There are no toilet facilities on the train, but the toilets at North Weald and Ongar will be open. 

Our catering facility at North Weald will also be open on platform 3 selling a selection of light refreshments and hot and cold drinks. as will our Souvenir shop. 

Class 31 locomotive 31438 Class 37 locomotive 37029


Services operate on 27, 28, 29 and 30 December. Three trains will operate each day:

All services depart from North Weald station. You cannot start your journey at Ongar. 

All trains are diesel hauled; the 10.30 and 14.30 trains are planned to be hauled by 31438 and the 12.30 is planned to be hauled by 37029. Locomotive allocations are subject to alteration without notice. 

New Year Steam Hauled Services -  Steam hauled services will operate on 1 and 2 January 2021. See here for details.

Current Availability

Seats are available on all trains


Getting to us

Car parking will be available at North Weald station (Postcode CM16 6BT) with easy access from the M25, M11 and A414. 

There will be no heritage bus connections running for this event. 



The following great value fares apply. All tickets must be booked in advance. There will be no tickets available on the day. 

Private Compartment for up to 6 people: £70

Open Seating: 
Adult: £15;
Child (aged 3 and over): £10
Children under 3 are free - no ticket needed.

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To ensure social distancing is maintained a limited number of tickets are available for each train. In accordance with Government legislation, face coverings must be worn, unless you are exempt, in open seating. Passengers who book a private compartment may remove face coverings whilst in their compartment. 

Passengers are asked to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the departure of their train. 

From 1 October 2020, cash will no longer be accepted as a means of payment. Debit and credit card and contactless payment is welcomed.

All services are planned to be diesel hauled. there will be no steam locomotives operating these services.

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