1940s Weekend of Steam at Epping Ongar Railway

About

Epping Ongar Railway 1940s Steam Weekend
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2024

Step back in time with Epping Ongar Railway and immerse yourself in a flavour of what a rural British steam railway would have looked like in the height of a forties summer. 'Forties-dressed civilians and British and Allies military personnel, Home Guard, ARP Wardens, American GIs and other re-enactorswill be mingling with passengers, whiklst period road vehicles come and go.

Ride on a beautifully preserved fleet of vintage buses, included in your fare! Stations and passenger trains will be specially adorned and decorated.

Passengers are encouraged to come dressed in 1940s style civilian clothing. 

Steam and diesel trains will be in operation between North Weald, Epping Forest and Ongar, together with connecting vintage London buses from Epping Underground station and Shenfield stations. These, and all the other attractions, are included in the fare.

Getting there

It's easy to get to North Weald via the London Underground and Elizabeth Line and Greater Anglia services. Inclusive vintage London buses will run from right outside the front of Epping Underground station (Central Line, zone 6) and from Shenfield Station (for Elizabeth Line and Greater Anglia services), connecting with the train services at North Weald and Ongar Stations. 

There is only limited car parking for disabled passengers at the stations, which must be booked in advance. Public car parks are available in Ongar (charges may apply), a short walk from the station (use postcode CM5 9AB); Alternatively passengers may park at Epping Station (charges apply) and join the vintage London bus service (use postcode CM16 4HW). 

The bus services are included in a great value fare.

Further details including fares and booking here.

Book Tickets Online

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Parking - There is very limited parking available at the stations, with priority given to blue badge / disabled customers. Please drive and park with care, avoid blocking access and with consideration of our neighbours.
  • Disabled persons toilet - Ladies and Gentlemen's toilets are available at Ongar and North Weald stations. Baby changing equipment is included within the Family Room / Ladies Waiting Room facilities at both stations. Disabled toilets are available in Ongar High Street (400 yards from station). Unfortunately, while we have enabled step-free access to Ongar building, the Grade II listed 1865 station does not accommodate a wheelchair accessible toilet. We have recently installed a new disabled toilet in our outlet building at North Weald.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - There is very limited parking available at the stations, with priority given to blue badge / disabled customers
  • Wheelchair user accessible - We are able to accommodate visitors with disabilities and in wheelchairs. Our Railway Access Statement - Policy for Disabled People is available to view online. Please do not hesitate to seek assistance from our friendly staff, who are here to help you enjoy your visit.

Catering

  • Cafe - We have our Anglia café coach at North Weald, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. We also have the "Buffet Stop" at Ongar, also selling hot and cold drinks, crisps and snacks. We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use. There are a number of local pubs and restaurants in both Ongar and North Weald, all offering hot meals.
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - We have our Anglia café coach at North Weald, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. We also have the "Buffet Stop" at Ongar, also selling hot and cold drinks, crisps and snacks. We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use. There are a number of local pubs and restaurants in both Ongar and North Weald, all offering hot meals.
  • Outdoor eating area - We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use.
  • Picnic area - We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use.
  • Picnic Site - We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use.
  • Refreshments Available - We have our Anglia café coach at North Weald, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. We also have the "Buffet Stop" at Ongar, also selling hot and cold drinks, crisps and snacks. There are a number of local pubs and restaurants in both Ongar and North Weald, all offering hot meals.

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • Dogs admitted on a lead - Well controlled dogs, guide and assistance dogs are welcome on our railway at no extra charge. However we are unable to accept dogs, other than assistance dogs, on our dining trains. Should your companion feel thirsty, there are usually water bowls on the platforms with fresh water available. If you cannot find these, please don't hesitate to ask.

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Park and Ride - Park at Epping Station car park (pay and display) and pick up the EOR Heritage bus to North Weald Station.
  • Railway station within 5 miles - Heritage buses pick-up from Epping Central Line station for this event

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome

Map & Directions

Road Directions

North Weald: North Weald Station, Station Road, North Weald, CM16 6BT

Ongar Station: Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, CM5 9BN

Epping Underground Station, Station Road, Epping, CM16 4HW

Heritage buses collect from Epping Station and heritage trains run between North Weald and Ongar.

Public Transport Directions

Central Line to Epping Station where Epping Ongar Railway heritage buses will pick up and take you to North Weald and Ongar with heritage trains running on the line.

Addtional Buses. As well as our regular 339 bus service, additional bus services will operate as follows:

 

08.45 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 08.57) Sat and Sun

16.48 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 17.00) Saturday only

17.35 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 17.47) Sat and Sun

17.50 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 18.00) Saturday only

18.35 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 18.47) Saturday only

18.50 Epping - North Weald (Arrive 19.02) Saturday only

20.05 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 20.17) Saturday only

21.35 North Weald - Epping (Arrive 21.47) Saturday only

 

09.00 Shenfield - Ongar (Arrive 09.25) Sat and Sun

16.47 Shenfield - Ongar (Arrive 17.12) Saturday only

18.15 Ongar - Shenfield (Arrive 18.40) Saturday only

19.45 Ongar - Shenfield (Arrive 20.10) Saturday only

Epping Ongar Railway 40s Steam Weekend

Type:Heritage & History

Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN

Tel: 01277 365200

Opening Times

EOR 40s Steam Weekend (15 June 2024 - 16 June 2024)

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