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East Anglian Steam Railway Holiday

Epping Ongar Railway

The East Anglian

A truly rustic treat

Holiday date: Friday, 22nd September 2023
4 days for  £689 per person
£1378 for two people sharing
Single supplement £90
Tour reference: EA4/1

Come and join us for a rural meander around the East of England. This holiday is designed to be at a relaxed pace as life is out here in East Anglia. Our “angle” is that we know the best for 4 days of country delights…we’ll even take you to the sea-side. Well, estuary-side really!

Holiday Highlights

Private cruise aboard the Orwell Lady on the river… Orwell!
Friendly fun awaits at the Colne Valley railway
Trains and old buses in Epping Forest
To the end of the pier and back by train at…Sowfend!
Branch line and steam combine at Chapel & Wakes Colne
A jolly time on the farm at Mangapps

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

We meet at Colchester Station around lunchtime, transfer to the hotel, and luggage goes to storage. Then we step back to Norman times at Colchester Castle. Our afternoon takes us north to the excellent Ipswich Transport Museum opening especially for us. What a collection they have here and all is presented immaculately. Our return to Colchester is by rail from Ipswich and coach to the hotel for our first evening together.

Meals: Dinner
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Day 2 - Saturday

A big southern circular is in store today. This morning we are heading for trains and heritage buses in the forest…Epping Forest that is. The Epping Ongar Railway is possibly unique in that there is a timetabled bus service integrated with the trains. Ride on both and have a fun time. Then we sidle across to Southend for a 1.33 miles long ride on the modern pier railway to…the end of the pier. Perhaps it’s time for fish n chips! On we go, and our afternoon destination is the Mangapps Farm Railway and Museum at Burnham on Crouch which is but an hour’s drive back to Colchester.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
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Day 3 - Sunday

A circular tour of local railway attractions starts at the Colne Valley Railway. Here are model, miniature and standard gauge railways. We then loop around to Clare, a lovely Suffolk town complete with ruined castle and restored ex-railway station. On then to Sudbury, to catch the branch line train to Chappel & Wakes Colne. Here we find the East Anglian Railway Museum. An extensive site with much to see and a steam train ride to enjoy. Spend as long as you like here before catching a train back via Marks Tey.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
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Day 4 - Monday

We start the day off with a branch line rail journey to Harwich. Here it’s time to find our sea legs (well, river legs really!!) as a two-hour boat trip on the Orwell Lady awaits. Lunch is included as we make our way up the scenic River Orwell into Ipswich – a serene way to conclude! Homeward bound trains leave Ipswich Station early afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
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Colne Valley Railway

A varied selection of deisel & steam engines running on a mile the former Colne Valley & Halstead Railway.

East Anglian Railway Museum

Steam trains every 30 minutes across the famous Chappel Viaduct, which has 32 arches and is 23m tall.

Epping Ongar Railway

A mixture of steam and diesel traction cleverly combined with a vintage bus service.

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The George Hotel, Colchester

This fine hotel has graced the centre of England’s oldest recorded town for over 500 years. It boasts a stylish bar, lounge and restaurant where all of our meals will be taken. Accommodation is split between the main hotel building and the sister hotel, just over the road, which is purely bedrooms only, and both are of an equal standard.

Features and Facilities

Private ensuite bathroom
Room Service available
Flat screen television
Working desk
Complimentary toiletries
Direct dial telephone
Iron and Ironing board on request
Free Wi-Fi
Hair Dryer

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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