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Epping Ongar Railway

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Address: Station Approach | Ongar, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN, England
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+44 1277 365200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Epping Ongar Railway is a volunteer run heritage railway which operates...

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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Learn to drive a steam train

I visited the North Weald train station on a Sunday. It was buzzing with diesels, steam trains, traction engines, steam rollers, double decker buses, antique cars - I was in 7th... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the North Weald train station on a Sunday. It was buzzing with diesels, steam trains, traction engines, steam rollers, double decker buses, antique cars - I was in 7th heaven. The Epping Ongar line had clearly been lovingly restored with masses of volunteer support and it was a credit to them. I had booked well ahead, paid a... More 

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Essex, Vermont
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Your site as below states free bus from Shenfield (see picture) so we took a train to Shenfield and waited and waited.......in the end contacted you and was told they don't run in half-term!!!!! cost me a further £31to get to Ongar, 1.5 hours later, with small children....not fun!!!!

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Thank clare4204
EOR-GM, Director of Sales at Epping Ongar Railway, responded to this review

Your picture/screenshot was not attached but I think I know what's happened. Our train and bus timetables are available through our website (see the timetables and fares section) and I have double-checked that on the day in question we had a shuttle bus between Epping and North Weald only. On the front of the website we have a general description... More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Usually go solo, but is also good with friends or family. From the moment you buy your ticket, until the time you go home it is like stepping into the past as you savour the atmosphere of railways like they were back in the 1950s. Things usually kick off about Easter time and go right through until Christmas. The web... More 

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Old Cleeve, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I have relatives near and decided to visit Ongar station to have a look at what was there. Steam trains were 'running' but unfortunately, the engine had broken down further down the line so it would be a long wait to see a train arrive. However, it was very interesting to look around the station including inside the signal box.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Visited during the 'Mince Pie Special', and took the vintage bus from Epping station. Whilst it wasn't ever so clear where exactly we were meant to wait (amongst the throng of sales shoppers using the Underground), the bus arrived on time. The mince pies and the welcomed glasses of mulled wine were collected before we boarded the train. It was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on New Year's Day as a group of 3 family's with young children. The kids enjoyed themselves as did we. We got on at Ongar and did 2loops before returning to ongar.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Went today on the Mince Pie special. Nice clean, atmospheric stations. Clean and tidy trains, staff friendly and polite. Had a Mince Pie and mulled wine, needed the mulled wine as it was freezing cold. Will definitely return with my grandson when the weather gets warmer. Only downside would be lack of parking spaces.

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Thank Peter P
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Popular with local cyclists as well as Railway Tourists for a tea and cake stop. Interesting location with steam trains and reasonable prices.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We have come to this over the last few years as it is absolutely EXCELLENT. This year was the best by far . We visited on Christmas Eve and from start to finish amazing . So magical like stepping back in time . The Santa we saw was so great I believed all over again . The best looking and... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Visited the EOR today for the first time, even though I have lived within 10 miles of it for the past 20 years! As my Step Dad is a steam enthusiast so we have visited a fair few of these over the years, and this was as good as any others. It was great to be able to get up... More 

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