June 3rd, 2017


On Saturday 20 May, the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society ran their second Photographic Charter, raising funds for the ongoing restoration projects being carried out by the dedicated Volunteers.

6430 bursts through Stonnard's Hill road bridge.

6430 bursts through Stonnard’s Hill road bridge.

The first for this evening was the Society’s use of a Steam Locomotive; the first charter – which ran back in 2014 – had been exclusively Diesel traction. This time, visiting Pannier No. 6430 took the starring role, coupled to a small freight train which included the recently-refurbished Fruit D wagon. The attending guests were formed of members from the EORVS and local photography groups, who were treated to access to some lineside areas for live run-pasts, finished off with a shoot around the station at North Weald.

“It was great evening and seemed to be enjoyed by all,” noted Owen Hayward, the EORVS Publicity Officer and organiser for the event. “I’ve seen some great stills from our guests, and despite a rather gloomy outlook in the morning, the weather held off and the sun even made an appearance!

“I’m indebted to the assistance provided by Robert Good (Society Vice-Chairman) and Geoff Silcock (of Sentimental Journeys charters) in making the evening run smoothly, and of course to the volunteer crews who worked hard on the day. The money raised by the evening will go towards restoring more of the EOR rolling stock, such as Shark Brake Van DB993760 and Mark 1 BCK 21059.”

A second photographic evening has already been arranged for August, and will provide an opportunity to picture Metropolitan 1 on our former London Underground line. Places are available at a cost of £40 per person (£35 to EORVS members) and anyone interested is advised to email Owen Hayward for details.

Photographs by Owen Hayward. Not for reproduction without permission.