The Epping Ongar Railway is a great day out - with friendly volunteers, steam locomotives, buses and a wave from the signalman as the train leaves, the railway offers you the chance to experience life as it might have been 50 years ago.
The extension from Loughton to Ongar was built 150 years ago, and later it became the eastern end of the Central Line. In 1994 London Underground stopped running services east of Epping. Since then the railway has been lovingly restored with the help of hundreds of keen and friendly volunteers to the fantastic attraction it now is – a heritage railway running steam and diesel trains through 6 miles of the Essex countryside. Trains now run to within 100m of the boundary with London Underground at Epping. Naturally, the Railway is keen to have a viable and attractive interchange at Epping Underground station both for visitors and local people to use its services.
The railway also runs a fleet of old-fashioned London buses. These are included in your ticket price and are not only a delight to see and ride on, but provide a regular and direct link to Epping Station – making a day out at the railway convenient to visit by tube too. There is also parking at Epping Station.
The railway hosts a series of special events, dining trains and murder mysteries throughout its running season.
There is a buffet and picnic areas at both stations. Many of the trains have seats with tables – so you can even have a picnic on the train.