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Epping Ongar Railway
Epping Ongar Railway, High Street, CM5 9BN Chipping Ongar
This is the first of our ever popular Diesel Galas, where the home fleet of 31438 and 37029, along with 20001 and, hopefully, some interesting visiting locomotives, come out to be put through their paces over some of the most challenging gradients in preservation.
Class 08 locomotives, 08568 and 08580 will be appearing, courtesy of RSS Railway Support Services.
Resident Class 03, 03170 will, for the first time at a Diesel Gala, be providing Brake Van rides into Epping Forest, inbetween it's duties on «Driver for Fiver».
Class 45 Peak locomotive 45132 will be on display and, although not yet operational, the owning group hope to have the loco available for cab and engine room visits.
All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.
Our on train bars will be also be open, serving a selection of draught beers, as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks, and, on the Saturday evening, we will be running our Real Ale Train.
For those who would like to see the line from the unique vantage point of a loco cab, then we will be offering our popular cab rides for £5; subject to availability, we may even be able to offer driver-for-a-fiver courses. These can't be pre-booked, so just approach the driver (or drivers) accordingly.