The Epping Ongar Railway has announced they had a record-breaking year for visitors in 2019.

A total of 45,710 passengers visited the railway, 3,906 more than the previous record set in 2018.

Over 16,000 people rode the Santa Specials train journey during the festive season, alongside the Real Ale Festival in July and Ongar Dinosaurs in May attracting big turnouts.

The Railway’s Epping Fryer ‘Fish and Chip’ specials have proved very popular, including the new Ploughman’s Lunch and Afternoon Cream Tea services, guided tours and ramblers.

Roger Wright, managing director said, “Again, the hard work and dedication of the Railway’s staff and volunteers has paid off with these pleasing results.

“The results are part of a long-term trend of growth at the Epping Ongar Railway and with an exciting programme for 2020 we look forward to welcoming even more passengers.”

Epping Ongar Railway’s 2020 season starts in February where children’s fares will be reduced to £1 as part of its half-term ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer (From 19 to 23 February).

A brand-new Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea will be hosted on board a vintage train, with refreshments provided by Magpie Catering on Sunday, March 22.

Dean Walton, general manager said, “We have learnt that in addition to riding on a heritage train and bus our passengers are looking for a complete experience.

“And when we put that on whether through a dining service, or an event day the passengers will come.

“With that in mind, the staff and volunteers have crafted an exciting package of events and services for 2020 and we are sure that we will feature on the list of destinations for many people in London and Essex in 2020.”

Click here to find out about all events scheduled at Epping Ongar Railway in 2020.