10th anniversary and steam gala anouncement2nd March 2022
The Epping Ongar Railway will be holding a 4 day celebration of the Railway's 10 Years of operations to co-incide with the long Bank Holiday of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The event takes place over 4 days from 2 to 5 June and will be both a celebration of our 10 years and also a steam gala - with a special visitor. The diesel fleet will be feature during the event to reflect the wider range of our heritage traction and volunteers.
The Railway opened in May 2012 with an impressive display by 4953 Pitchford Hall and this locomotive will feature in the Railway’s line-up on the Thursday 2 June alongside our fleet of diesel locomotives. Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June will see an impressive steam gala and is expected to feature British Railways standard class 4 locomotive, 75069 on its first visit away from the Severn Valley since its overhaul. Sunday 5 June, is expected to be a mixed traction day and feature a selection of steam and diesel locomotives in operation.
75069 on the Severn Valley Railway. Picture: K Pickersgill
The event comes on the back of formal confirmation of an impressive line-up of enthusiast events including two diesel galas, and the Railway’s annual London Transport Weekend in October. Families are well catered for too, with popular events featuring Dinosaurs and characters from children’s programmes.
The gala was originally planned for an earlier weekend but a major sporting event in the local area has meant that the event had to be rescheduled.