Later this month will be a chance to see tube trains make a special return to a part of the Central Line that stopped passenger services 20 years ago.
To commemorate 20 years since the ending of Underground services between Epping and Ongar, the Epping Ongar Railway will be holding an “End of Tube Event” on 26, 27 & 28 September.
To recreate the atmosphere of the former London Underground line, they will be operating, in passenger service, the 3-car Cravens set dating from 1960 that regularly ran on the branch, and operated the last train on 30 September 1994.
This is also the first time the Cravens unit has been used for 10 years.
As the line is no longer electrified, the trains will be hauled by two Schoma Diesel locomotives, owned and operated by London Underground. This is the first time that these locos have been used to haul a passenger train, and is likely to be the only opportunity to ride behind them, particularly as it is planned to convert some of them to battery power soon.
Tickets to the whole day cost £15 and can be booked here (select “end of tube” in the drop down option)
Incidentally, as the railway link between Epping and the EOR railway has been severed, that means three tube trains and two locomotives will be traveling by road to get to the heritage line. Worth a sight in its own right.