Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Ongar Station - Last stop on the Central Line - Oct 2011

Ongar station was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway on 24 April 1865, serving principally as a goods station taking agricultural produce from the nearby farms into central London. On 29 September 1949, London Underground services took over the operation of the station from British Railways when services were extended from Loughton.

The entire Epping to Ongar branch was a single track line with one passing place at North Weald station.  

 The line was under threat of closure for many years, and it was finally closed on 30 September 1994

The station and the line are now in the ownership of a private company, the Epping Ongar Railway Ltd who, at time of purchase, publicly stated their intention to run commuter services again, but the claimed lack of platform availability at London Underground's Epping station at the west end of the line has to date proven an insuperable obstacle to this.

On with the piccies.............