The Epping Ongar Railway is opening the doors of North Weald Station on Sunday 3 July 2011, to show the progress being made, as the line gets ready for its grand re-opening. This is the first time since 2008 that the public will be able to look around North Weald Station and see progress achieved in the last three years.
The track through the station has been relaid and additional siding storage space added. The Up loop platform has been extensively rebuilt, with a second track laid through the station to allow trains to pass at this, the half way point on the 6.5 mile heritage branch line.
In addition to seeing the original 1865 station, (which has been carefully restored into London North Eastern Railway 1940-60s period colours), visitors will also have a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes and see the restoration process in action. Some of the heritage coaches, which are being restored by volunteers, will also be on display.
The original 1888 signal box will also be open to the public. This has been extensively restored and visitors will be able to see how the signaling of the station is progressing. The volunteer team is made up of people of all ages and will be available to answer any questions.
English Electric Class 37 no. D6729 and Class 03 shunter no. 03170 will be in action, providing cab rides for a small fee, proceeds will go towards the restoration of the railway. D6729, when new, was allocated to nearby Stratford depot and used to haul express trains from Liverpool Street to destinations in East Anglia.
Hot and cold refreshments will be available from the catering stand and there will be the opportunity to learn more about how the Epping Ongar Railway is progressing towards reopening, future plans for the line and how to join the Volunteer Society.