Vintage bus link at Epping Ongar Railway will boost line
A couple of years ago now I blogged about the then-recently restored Epping-Ongar Heritage Railway and its splendid idea to run a vintage bus service, for visitors and public alike, from the West Essex New Town of Harlow to the heritage line's current westernmost terminus at North Weald.
Now I'm delighted to see that they have started doing the same from the east, with another heritage bus service being run from the nearby London-Anglia main line station of Shenfield to all three of the major terminals on the heritage railway - Ongar, North Weald and Epping. Once again the service is not only open to visitors to the railway but also to anyone wishing to travel on the route in vintage style! On Sundays it even becomes the only regular bus service between Shenfield and Ongar! It's wonderful to see these classic buses carrying passengers through the district they used to serve and further proof that they can still have a valuable role to play in the local area.
There's even less reason now for me not to make the trip to the EOR, since I can hop on a train and be at Shenfield in half an hour. I see next month is their 1940s Weekend - a little plan is forming in my mind...(!) All that's left now is for the EOR to take over and run their trains on the main line, so that we can enjoy historic locomotive travel right from the start. With the way they've turned the Epping-Ongar line around in the last twenty years, I wouldn't put it beyond them!