Real Ale Weekend Service update14th July 2022

Service update for this weekend (15 to 17 July).

A special timetable is in operation this weekend for our Real Ale Weekend.

Due to the forecast high temperatures and the ensure the health and safety of our volunteer crews we have taken the decision not to operate a steam locomotive on Sunday (17 July). A special diesel only service will operate between North Weald and Ongar only using class 31 locomotive, 31438 and class 37, D6729. Our heritage bus service will operate as usual.

Steam locomotive Pitchford Hall departing North Weald station

A number of services on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July will continue to be steam hauled and operate between North Weald, Ongar and Epping Forest, as indicated in the timetables available on the website. However, this will be reviewed on the day and steam services may revert to diesel haulage. 31438 and D6729 will also be in operation and our heritage buses will link to Epping Underground and Shenfield stations.

We are aware that the lack of recent rainfall has led to an increased risk of lineside fires caused by the steam locomotive. We have ensured that appropriate mitigations are in place to minimise this.

Train and heritage bus timetables can be found by selecting the date fo your visit here.