Widows of the Ice

Widows of the Ice

Railways of Leicestershire in the Twenty-first Century

Railways of Leicestershire in the Twenty-first Century

The Epping Ongar Railway

Publication Date15th May 2022

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations160

Height234

Width165

Telling the story of this unique and popular heritage railway. Explore its story up to the re-opening in 2012 and of the ten years of progress since then.
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ISBN
9781398107847

The first standard gauge heritage steam railway in Britain, the Bluebell Railway, opened in 1960. Since then, over eighty have opened to the public. While each of these has its individual characteristics, nearly all are former British railways branch lines or parts of secondary routes, closed either under the Beeching axe or under subsequent cutbacks.


The six-mile-long Epping Ongar Railway is different and unique. Despite its location in rural Essex, this was not part of the British Rail network at closure but was an electrified section of the London Underground. Its rundown and closure was a protracted affair spanning twenty-five years. On closure it was earmarked to become a heritage line, but it would be another eighteen years before it re-opened in its current guise with steam and diesel traction.


This book tells its story up to the re-opening in 2012 and of the ten years of progress since then.

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