We Need Your Help More Than Ever
You will be aware that along with all Heritage Railways in the UK we are closed to the public due to the Government restrictions which are currently in place to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
This means we are no longer able to run our bus and train services for travelling passengers or organise the popular events – we have already postponed our Easter and Steam Gala events. We do not know when we will be able to operate again or allow our volunteers to return to the Railway to continue the valuable work of restoration and preservation of our industrial heritage. In the meantime, our locomotives and carriages have been safely secured during the closure which means that the Railway has been “mothballed” until further notice.
As you will appreciate during the period of closure the Railway is unable to generate any income but still needs money to undertake basic maintenance to track, bridges, stations, locomotives and carriages. We must also ensure that the Railway is ready to operate safely and efficiently when we are finally able to reopen. However, without any income the very future of the railway becomes at risk; our volunteers will be unable to work and there is a real chance that we might not reopen.
We need to raise £200,000 to avoid this. This will ensure that when the time comes to run our commercial services again the Railway is well prepared.
When we come out the other side of the pandemic, a lot will have changed; we will have lost some things that we have loved. I ask you to ensure that the Epping Ongar Railway, and the spirit of our volunteers, is not one of these but is preserved. If you can help during these unprecedented times then please do make a donation. A donation of £50 would be a wonderful contribution to supporting the work of our volunteers as they preserve our industrial heritage.
The easiest way to donate is to click or tap below to go direct to our booking system.
Alternatively you can make a direct bank transfer to us using our special appeal account:
Epping Ongar Railway Holdings Ltd, Sort Code : 60-18-01 Account : 47606576
Remember to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d prefer to send us a donation by post then please send a cheque made payable to Epping Ongar Railway Holdings Ltd to:
£200000 Appeal, Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN