23rd Annual Railcar Convention

Epping & Ongar Railway, 5th-7th October 2018.


Introduction

This year's convention will be held at the Epping & Ongar Railway. The organisers are particularly pleased that this year sees us visit a new railway that has never hosted the event before, the first time this has been the case since the Gloucestershire Warwickshire event five years ago.

Friday 5th

Friday is open to members of the association only and will feature the traditional driver experiences.

The set in use will be Class 117/121 2-car set 51384/56287 - a rare chance to sample a Suburban "power/trailer" which will work hard climbing Epping's gradients, most of the line runs at around 1in70 with the steepest section 1in 56!

The railway have agreed favourable terms for us, each one way trip is priced at £30 and a round trip is £50.

A reminder that volunteers who are not passed drivers ARE accepted on the experiences.

All places are offered as usual on a first come, first served basis. We are effectively chartering the train that day so participants and friends should be able to ride on the set at times outside of their own slot driving.

UPDATE 22/9/18: These are now fully booked.

Saturday 6th

Saturday is the main day for additional activities. There will be an intensive timetable in operation featuring visiting Class 121 55033 from the Colne Valley Railway alongside the resident Class 117/121 51384/56287 and a steam service. Heritage connecting buses will be in operation between Epping Underground, North Weald, Ongar and Shenfield stations. The railways standard fares apply, allowing unlimited all day travel on all of the trains and heritage buses. Adult £14; Concession £13; Child £7; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £36.

In the morning will be a shed tour at North Weald in exchange for donations towards their Class 117 restoration efforts. The time and meeting place will be added here once agreed.

In the early afternoon (time TBC but likely to be around 14:00) we will hold our AGM in a local venue, location TBC.

Saturday Evening (Fish & Chip Special)

The traditional Fish & Chip special will see both sets in multiple to operate after normal services have finished for a run with chips served at some point in the proceedings! Exact details on how to book will be added here but it is looking likely that orders will need to be palced before the end of the day on Friday. We are currently exploring the best way to do this!

Sunday 7th

For those delegates making a weekend of it, Sunday sees more railcar running on an intensive timetable alongside the railway's steam service. The heritage busses are also running and are included in the standard travel ticket. With no official business pencilled in, Sunday will be the best day to simply explore the railway at one's own pace!