Want to ride in the drivers cab of a locomotive along part of the old Central line? Well, you can later this month.

As part of a “Diesel Gala“, there will be the chance to ride in the drivers cab on some of the locomotives as they ply their way along the narrow railway line that was once part of the London Underground.

Now a heritage railway, it reopened only a couple of years ago.


I took a trip in a drivers cab a few years back, when the line was more bumpy and unkempt, and it certainly sated this transport geek most handsomely.

So if you wish to gorge upon transport heaven, the cab passes are being sold on the day and cost £10 for one way between Ongar and North Weald or £10 for a round rip to Coopersale.

That I should note is on top of the general admission charge of £14 (£12 in advance), which gets you unlimited passenger trips throughout the day. And also transport to the railway by vintage bus from either Epping or Shenfield.

And finally, because it’s that sort of audience, there will be a real ale carriage plying the route, including a Cider make in East London.

The event takes place over the weekend of the 26th-27th April.

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