The splendidly-restored station building at North Weald, Epping Ongar Railway, now looks a treat compared to its rundown appearance in the last years of this Essex line's existence as part of the LUL Central Line, which ended in 1994. Seen here on Sunday, 23rd February 2020, its hard to believe now that tube trains ever came this way, even though I travelled on the line in them many times as a boy and young man, having grown up in nearby Loughton. The station was originally opened by the Great Eastern Railway on 24th April 1865 with the extension of the line from Loughton to Ongar. At 414 ft. above sea level, it was the highest station on the GER until the opening of the Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway in 1913 and which closed in 1952. This never quite went all the way to the beautiful historic town of Thaxted but terminated in the middle of nowhere in a field a good mile or so outside the town which probably explains why it lasted less than 40 years.
Location: North Weald
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 72603