A weekend visit to the steam gala at the Epping and Ongar Railway. Although this is the nearest Steam Railway to London this is my first visit. The line is situated on the extension of the London Underground line from Epping (its current terminus) to Ongar.
At present, although the line is still in place visitors have to catch a bus from Epping Station to North Weald.
North Weald is currently one of two stations currently open on the line.
The journey from North Weald to Ongar through the Essex countryside was pulled by 813, a GWR Saddle Tank.
The end of the line is at Ongar Station.
The Journey back to North Weald was pulled by US Army Transportation Company S160 5197
In all, there were 5 locomotives in steam – the others being Hunslett Austerity ‘Lord Phil’, Metropolitan No 1 and Isobel.
An excellent day.