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Epping Ongar Railway

Station Approach | Ongar, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN, England
+44 1277 365200
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A lovely railway

A lovely preserved line that runs from Epping through to Ongar. On a standard day, there is a... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
New Year's Day

Being a regular visitor to Essex, I had not yet been on the EOR train as there were problems with... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
Keith H
Old Cleeve, United Kingdom
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The Epping Ongar Railway is a volunteer run heritage railway which operates steam and diesel hauled trains through 5.5 miles of picturesque rolling countryside and through Epping Forest, along the former London Underground Central Line. We run a variety of special events through the year, including Peppa Pig, 1940's, Halloween Ghost Trains, Santa and Mince Pie Specials. Please check our website for opening times and fares information. over 6 miles of the former London Underground Central Line.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Station Approach | Ongar, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN, England
+44 1277 365200
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

A lovely preserved line that runs from Epping through to Ongar. On a standard day, there is a steam and diesel service. There are also heritage buses that you can ride between the stations - these are all included in the ticket price. Staff are...More

1  Thank northernbloke79
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Being a regular visitor to Essex, I had not yet been on the EOR train as there were problems with the train on my previous visit. I checked on line and saw there was a steam day on New Year's Day so my wife and...More

Thank Keith H
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Twelve of us had booked as a family group for the Santa Special on the 23rd December. We started our day by catching the double decker bus from Epping station. The children, and adults, really enjoyed travelling in the front seats of the bus on...More

1  Thank keithabrown
Reviewed 29 December 2017

We were booked on a Santa Special but couldn't go because of the snow. The railway transferred our tickets for a different date, which is brilliant customer service. The trip itself was really good. We took the bus from Epping which was fun. The station...More

1  Thank lindylou84
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Really nice steam train and loads of fun for kids Great value for money and highly recommend it Big thanks to staff who were very helpful

Thank Marek M
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Having read through the reviews I discarded the bad ones and had high expectations for a fun trip with my 4 year old grandson & 1 year old granddaughter. Through no fault of the railway, the weather was awful but when we arrived at North...More

Thank Cloverett
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We were collected on a vintage bus and made welcome and taken to the station. The station was interesting with plenty to see . Train ride was great The characters Grinch and Santa were very good. Altogeather a great day out. Would recommend

Thank phillhudson
Reviewed 18 December 2017

I was very much looking forward to this trip considering the reviews were generally good. Santa was superb and so was the Grinch and Scrooge. However, what spoilt it was that elves were unenthusiastic, they didn’t interact well with the children. My daughter tried speaking...More

3  Thank mikehW6854LN
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Santa Express. We had our own compartment which was great fun. Father Christmas was excellent. My 8 year old and her friend confirmed he was definitely the real one! The Grinch and Scrooge were also great fun. The volunteers...More

1  Thank CLDMPB
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Expensive train does not get to epping so a waste of time. Many better train lines around . This train upsets the local community due to its pollution. Noise lack of parking. Bad experience.More

Thank David T
EOR-GM, Director of Sales at Epping Ongar Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

This short review has a number of inaccuracies and I consider it is unlikely that the reviewer has recently visited the Railway as a paying guest. Over the months I have spent a lot of time talking with local people about our operations so as...More

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Hannah C
13 July 2017|
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Response from WinstanleySW | Reviewed this property |
THe best place, in my opinion, to start will be Ongar as there is public parking quite close to the railway and it is free on Saturdays and Sundays, however you should plan to be there reasonably early as parking is limited... More
19 December 2016|
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Response from EOR-GM | Property representative |
Hi Gill, for our Santa Specials the train ride itself is around 55 minutes during which time there is onboard entertainment and of course a visit at your seat by Father Christmas and his festive entourage of elves and Mrs... More
Carole H
31 July 2016|
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Response from TrevorBruford | Reviewed this property |
Hello - I would recommend the Autumn Diesel Gala on 16/17/18 September; always well-planned and brilliant value for money. At present visiting locos are Deltic 55019, Class 20 D8001 and possibly an 08 shunter, along with the... More