The Epping-Ongar Railway was an interesting experience. The steam and diesel locomotives, the heritage buses and the enthusiastic volunteers makes it a great day out and a brief glimpse of what it’s like 50 years ago.
This extension was built 150 years ago, and later became the eastern terminus of the Central Line. After the closure of this line in 1994 and it’s consequent sale, the EO railway friends and volunteers lovingly restored the line and opened to the public in 2012. It became a heritage railway, the closest heritage railway to London!
Our experience started with a heritage bus just outside the Epping Station. It was a well kept old bus complete with a vintage ticketing machine, a perfect souvenir! A short ride through Epping town centre we then stopped just outside North Weald station.
It felt like you’ve just stepped back to time at North Weald station, the structures are in good condition and the views are great! There were also some old posters circa WW2. There’s no sign of new technology in sight.
The trains are clean and sometimes when you walk through the carriages, you’re taken to a different era via the various train interior designs…
A leisurely ride through the countryside and we arrived in Ongar. My curious companions got to see the inside of the Ongar station signal box as well.
So what can you do in Ongar?
Ongar was a small market two just 6 miles from Epping. It’s been a market town since the medieval period. A short walk from the station, is the high street with some interesting shops, pubs and restaurants. It is a pity that on Sundays, most of the high street is closed for business. However, this Cheesemonger was there for my cheese-loving family 🙂 All the photos below were taken a short distance from the station.
We had an enjoyable lunch at the King’s Head, a family friendly restaurant in a Grade 2 listed building established in 1679 as a coaching inn.
So after this gorgeous meal, we headed back to the station for our return trip home.
If you’re planning to visit after reading this post, thank you and have a wonderful experience!
Photography by Ghene Snowdon