Two conductors wave on the platform at North Weald.

Epping Ongar Railway

  • Epping Ongar Railway(EOR) is adhering to COVID-safety guidelines laid out by the government.
  • Jump on board the Epping Ongar Railway, the longest heritage railway in Essex.
  • Experience travel through the scenic countryside and forest in the heritage steam and diesel trains of days gone by.
  • Get a feel for the past as you stop at period stations – each station and stop is unique!
  • Epping Ongar Railway carried a whopping 45,710 passengers in 2019.  
  • See how much wildlife you can spot as you journey through Epping Forest.

Enjoy a wonderful visit to Epping Ongar Railway where you will ride on working steam and diesel engines through the beautiful countryside and forest. Kids can get a real feel for the past as you pass through beautifully restored stations. Pick up a train spotter guide and experience an unforgettable family day out at this diesel and steam railway. To make your journey even more fun, here are some great train jokes and railroad puns.

Running from Ongar to North Weald through the majestic Epping Forest, the length of the railway is six and a half miles (10.5km) and is Essex’s longest heritage railway. A round trip takes approximately 1 hour. Bought by Pilot Developments in 1998, which is now known as Epping Ongar Railway LTD, the line reopened in 2004 and is run by volunteers. From 2004 until 2007, the Epping and Ongar railway line closed following a change in ownership and reopened to the public in May 2012.

Recommended by Kidadlers, Jo says, “It’s a lovely little railway and you can combine it with a wander around Ongar aswell. You can picnic on train or there are a few seating areas dotted around but no field as such as it’s used for parking at North Weald. A little cafe on site at North Weald too. Combine it with a heritage bus ride from Epping station to the venue and back and save on driving and parking by using the tube.” And Nele says, “It's brilliant. We loved it.”

If you are visiting the railway via the Tube, you can enjoy a ride on a wonderful vintage bus right outside Epping train station, which will take you straight to one of the restored stations. Looking for some more locomotive action after your diesel and steam train rides at Epping Ongar Railway? North Weald and District Miniature Railway is nearby at the Blue Diamonds Harlow Garden Centre. Or if you would like to visit somewhere closer to home, check out these brilliant miniature railways near you in London.

What to know before you go

  • Epping Ongar Railway has new COVID-safety measures in place. There is a reduced amount of tickets available for each train to maintain social distancing, face coverings on board at all times. There is a one-way route in place at the stations, please follow signs and requests from volunteers. An enhanced clearing regime is now in place. Steam hauled services are unavailable at the present time. The gallery is currently closed.  Currently, single tickets between North Weald and Ongar are being sold. Please buy an outward and return ticket for a round trip.
  • Please check the online timetable for when you're planning to visit because trains do not operate every day. The trains depart from North Weald to Ongar at 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 3pm and 4.15pm. From Ongar to North Weald trains depart at 10.25am, 11.40am, 12.55pm, 2.10pm, 3.25pm and 4.40pm.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Epping Ongar Railway events that occur throughout the year – Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig have both made appearances. The special events usually occur at the weekend and tickets can be booked from the events page.  
  • If you are hungry, the Anglia café coach at North Weald serves a range of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. Or bring along a picnic to enjoy. There’s a picnic and viewing area available at Ongar, which offers a view of the station and trains, and there are a number of picnic benches at North Weald station.
  • Currently, you can pre-order a ready-made picnic lunch for £6, which you collect from North Weald Station.
  • If you are looking for something extra special, there are evening dining train events.
  • Buggies can be stored in the guards’ carriage. It is only possible to take folded buggies on the heritage bus services due to limited space.
  • There are baby-changing facilities available within the family room and the ladies waiting room at both stations.
  • Grab a train spotting guide at the centre and look out for deers in Epping forest!
  • Dogs are welcome at the railway at no extra charge.
  • Take a browse in the free Penny Salon, a micro-gallery in the ladies waiting room at Ongar station.
  • You will need to have a valid ticket or platform ticket to enter any of the platform areas.
  • There is a small gift shop available at Ongar with a lovely selection of books, toys and model railways.
  • There are toilets available at Ongar and North Weald stations. There is a disabled toilet in the town centre at Ongar. It’s about a five-minute walk from the station.
  • The railway has disabled access.

Getting there

  • The quickest and easiest way to get there is by Tube on the Central line to Epping (Zone 6).
  • The 339 vintage bus operates between Epping station to North Weald. Some of the journeys will go on to Ongar. The bus fare is included in the price of the railway tickets.
  • You can also take the train to Shenfield station and some of the 339 buses stop here and will take you to the railway.
  • Please follow the latest guidelines if travelling by public transport.
  • If you are driving, it is possible to start the journey from North Weald, Ongar or Epping (if taking the 339 bus).
  • There is no on-site parking at Ongar. There are a limited number of disabled spaces. Please book in advance. You can park in Ongar town centre. The long stay car park next to the library is free on weekends and bank holidays. There is also a short stay car park opposite the library, which is also free at weekends and bank holidays.
  • There is a car park at Epping Tube station and you can join the 339 bus to a railway station.
  • There is no parking available at North Weald station.

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