Three London Transport liveried locomotives in action this weekend5th October 2021
The Epping Ongar Railway has assembled an impressive range of London Transport related locomotives as part of its London Transport Weekend. Seeking to highlight its nearly 50 years as part of the London Underground as the Eastern Terminus of the Central Line the Railway has pulled together an attractive range of locomotives both steam and diesel.
The first in the line up is L92. The locomotive is a former Great Western Railway pannier tank locomotive that was purchased by London Transport in 1958 and was used to work engineers trains around the system until 1969. The locomotive comes courtesy of the Worcester Locomotive Society and with the support of the South Devon Railway to allow it to be released from its duties there. The locomotive, nearing the end of its boiler ticket, will make some of its final appearances at the Railway
Dean Walton, General Manager said,
“It’s a fitting location for the locomotive’s final steamings during its ten-year overhaul cycle. We’re really excited to see this attractive and relevant locomotive on our Railway.”
Also in action is former Great Western Railway small prairie locomotive, 5521, which will be at the Railway on long term hire. 5521 has made several visits abroad and has even hauled the Orient Express! In May 2013, at the request of London Underground, the locomotive was painted in red London Transport livery and numbered L.150, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan line. It was withdrawn for overhaul in 2016 and returned to traffic in the same livery in the summer of this year. The locomotive last visited the Railway in June 2014.
Finally, the event will also see diesel locomotive 20227 in action. The London Transport liveried Class 20 locomotive visits courtesy of the Class Twenty Locomotive Society. The locomotive is painted in London Transport maroon livery in recognition of the fact it has worked extensively over the London Underground network. Come and find out why the locomotive has a "221B" shedplate, and why it also carries the number 8.
The Railway's first mainline diesel locomotive, class 37 number 37029 will also be supporting the stars of the show during the event.
Dean Walton said,
“The Epping Ongar Railway is unique in being the only part of the heritage railway network that was once a part of the Underground. This is a great place to see these special locomotives.
The London Transport Weekend takes place this weekend, 8 to 10 October, with train services operating between North Weald, Ongar and Epping Forest, and heritage buses, using former London Transport buses, connecting North Weald with Epping Underground station. You can buy your tickets in advance online, now!