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Epping Ongar Railway

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Address: Station Approach | Ongar, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN, England
Phone Number: +44 1277 365200
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Santa Special

A wonderful visit with a young grandson. Steam hauled loco, Santa visiting every child individually by name and location on the train, elves running along corridors hauling sacks... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful visit with a young grandson. Steam hauled loco, Santa visiting every child individually by name and location on the train, elves running along corridors hauling sacks of gifts to help Santa in his deliveries, getting covered in (fake) snow on leaving the train etc. A magical experience for a three year old and his family.

Thank Jackie B
Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in September for my Husband's Birthday. We had a ride on steam train and then on a vintage bus. The staff were lovely, friendly and informative and we had a great day out. Our three year old son loved it. Would definitely visit again, great value for money.

Thank Angela_Tim
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our 3 grandchildren out for the day, we went on the train 3 times as the kids enjoyed it so much. The day we went they had Paw Patrol characters there and although the queues were long it was so well organised you didn't have to wait long to have your pictures taken, free of charge. We got... More 

Thank Dyane R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Went there in August and accidentally spent the whole day there, it may seem like a dull thing but there's just something about going back and forward on a steam train in the old cars (which are very nice for their age). It is genuinely a fantastic day out, may be even better if you have young kids. Would recommend... More 

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

we had a very leisurely day at Epping Ongar Railway. Cheap day out, lovely to hear children getting excited at the steam trains and also the looks on some of the adults faces. All the staff were only too happy to spend time with you and answer any questions.

Thank Stephen G
Harrogate, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

My friend and I visited today with the plan of catching the first train from Ongar, travelling up the line and back. The line was interesting, the volunteers friendly, the locos and rolling stock interesting varied and the bacon sandwiches and rombout coffee very welcome. We travelled up the line as planned but in the return the loco failed at... More 

Thank Harrogate_Folk
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I visited the railway whilst on a recent visit to the UK from NZ, having not been to Ongar in over 30 years. I was very impressed with the preservation work that has been completed and enjoyed my experience a great deal. I particularly liked the way the railway connects with several vintage London buses which take you through some... More 

Thank David J
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I had a lovely day out at onger railway made better by being beautiful weather there is an old carriage where you can get tea, coffee or cold drinks the trains are very comfortable .

Thank jinglis256
Welwyn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Visited with a family group (13 people) celebrating a birthday. We parked in the LT Underground car park at Epping (£2 on Saturdays) and took the bus to North Weald. The historic bus ride was a great start - having a wonderful conductor (do you remember them?), who was great with the little ones got us off to a great... More 

Thank John D
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

we had tickets paid for by a friend very interesting went up to epping forest and back. would not go again plenty of people mostly men watching the trains and taking pictures.if you love trains steam and diesel this is a trip not to be missed.

Thank paulineburchill

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