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 Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In case you're thinking of visiting the Epping Ongar Railway, here's where, how much, what and when.
Where: North Weald station or Ongar station, or catch a heritage bus from Epping. The buses run roughly half hourly between roughly 10am and 6pm (see website for details)
How much: £17.50 on special event weekends, £13 normally (and price during the winter to be confirmed) (50p cheaper if bought online)
What: You can travel all day on your ticket, on as many services as you like. But be warned, the appearance of steam trains is not guaranteed (sometimes it's diesels only)
When: Every weekend between now and the end of the year (except the first weekend in December, not that you would). Also bank holidays, Christmas week and the whole of the Olympics. If you're going to be in town for the Games, why not enjoy a day out via the tube at Epping? (It's not like the Central line is going to be hugely crushingly busy.... oh)

And then there are the special event days, brilliantly hidden on the website where you'd never spot them. Here are a few highlights...
Sat 24 June: It's the Ongar Carnival! Ongar doesn't get thrillinger than this.
Sun 1 July: It's the North Weald Bus Rally! Not on site but close by at the airfield, entry £9 (with linking buses).
Sat 7 July: It's Olympic Torch Day! Except the torch drives by in convoy before 7am, and the first train isn't until 10:30.
August Bank Holiday: It's the Big Steam Up gala weekend! There will be mixed traffic.
Sun 16 Sep: It's Railwalk Sunday! With guided walks through the surrounding counytryside.
Last weekend in September: It's End of the Tube! Celebrate the anniversary of tube shutdown in 1994.
Fri 7 Dec: It's the grand switching on of Ongar's Christmas lights! OK, enough now...

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