Epping Ongar Railway

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Epping Ongar Railway is Essex's LONGEST heritage railway and the CLOSEST TO LONDON, running from Ongar to North Weald and into Epping Forest. We also operate heritage bus services which run to the very front door of Epping's Underground Station and through the picturesque high street.

We run a fleet of former mainline steam and diesel locomotives which haul a range of period coaches between our beautifully restored period stations.

Take your seat in one of our period coaches and watch the train pass through beautiful countryside from Ongar to North Weald, from here you can catch the heritage rail shuttle which takes you through Epping Forest, where we regularly see deer and a wide range of wildlife. Spotters guides are in our Guide Book! The railway runs a heritage bus to Epping Underground station and Epping high street every day we are running, complete with an open platform on the back, and this is timed to neatly connect with our trains. Your great value ticket includes all three heritage transport experiences, with discounts available from our website.
Our buses and trains link together a number of different interesting destinations - offering a complete day out to suit all ages and interests, truly something for all the family.
Epping Ongar Railway offers you and your family the chance to step back in time to enjoy the romance of heritage travel, an inspiring day out for all ages, the chance to explore the beauty of this area and connects together a wide range of attractions in Epping Forest and its surroundings.

3 Experiences - One Great Value Ticket

Epping Ongar Railway is Essex’s longest heritage railway and the closest to London, running from Ongar to North Weald and into Epping Forest.

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Wednesday, 25th October 2023 - Saturday, 28th October 2023

Ride the Ghost Train at Epping Ongar RailwayDare you ride the Ghost Train from North Weird? Dress up in your scariest outfit and join our spooktacular ghost train for some Hallowe'en fun!
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Monday, 13th November 2023 - Thursday, 30th November 2023

Lights Train at Epping Ongar RailwayCompletely new and re-imagined; a magical experience is coming to the Epping Ongar Railway this November with an interactive journey for the whole family like never before!
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Saturday, 25th November 2023 - Sunday, 26th November 2023

Saturday, 2nd December 2023 - Sunday, 3rd December 2023

Saturday, 9th December 2023 - Sunday, 10th December 2023

Saturday, 16th December 2023 - Sunday, 17th December 2023

Wednesday, 20th December 2023 - Sunday, 24th December 2023

Santa Specials at Epping Ongar RailwayTake a return journey on Santa's Fantastically Festive Special Train from North Weald to meet Santa and his friends during this unique experience, with the added bonus that all children receive a present from Santa! "This was by far the best Santa experience on a railway I've been on over the…
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  • Disabled access


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Not in dining areas (guides excepted)


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

For visitors from the East: Ongar Station is just off the High Street, parking is available in the Town Centre car parks which are free at weekends (CM5 9AB), at Ongar south (CM5 9HD) or at Zinc (CM5 0AD). For visitors coming from the west, please park at Epping station where there is an extensive car park (CM16 4HW) and catch the 339 heritage bus which is included in your travel ticket.Accessible by Public Transport: Epping Underground Station station is 0 miles away.

Public Transport Directions

We run heritage buses from Epping Underground Station and High Street each day we operate trains.

Epping Ongar Railway

Type:Steam Railway

Ongar Station, Station Approach, Epping, Essex, CM5 9BN

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Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Open weekends, Bank Holidays and Fridays in August. Check website for timetables.

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