The recently restored Epping Ongar railway in North-East London, while running steam trains from Ongar, doesn’t actually go to Epping. Although it used to – and has just announced that it is one stage closer to resuming services along the entire line.
The train tracks actually run from Epping Station to Ongar, but the heritage line was limited to running steam trains from North Weald to Ongar.
They do however shuttle a diesel locomotive along the disused track part of the way back to Epping – and from this weekend, they can get much closer.
While previously only used by engineering trains, this is the first time since 1994 that regular passenger trains have passed along this stretch of the line – and the train will now stop a tantalising 1,000 metres short of Epping tube station.
When they reopened the line a couple of months ago they said an eventual link to Epping is wanted.
Having got most of the way down the line, they are now looking to raise the funds to secure the final stretch and build an extra platform at the end of Epping station.
If completed, you may be able to step off a tube train and straight onto a steam train.
Which should do wonders for their visitor numbers.