The Penny Salon Micro-Gallery at Ongar Station

Free admission! Gallery open whenever trains are running!

The Penny Salon Gallery


Latest Exhibition

Snow on Show - a collaborative exhibition of winter scenes.

Snow on Show exhibition in the Penny Salon Micro Gallery

Although the weather forecast suggests a flurry of snow is unlikely, there will be snow at Ongar - on the walls of the Penny Salon! Open throughout our Kids for a Quid services, is a return of our popular 'Snow on Show' exhibition. See railway photographs from the days when trains didn't stop running because of 'the wrong sort of snow.

As well as photos by our resident presenters Malcolm Batten and Geoff Silcock we will be featuring transport photos by guest photographers Derek Cross (courtesy of David Cross), Peter J. Skelton and John Stiles. Also on display will be an award-winning painting of Epping station by Malcolm Root FGRA.

Award winning Malcolm Root Painting

But it's not just transport. We are also displaying snow-themed photographs, paintings and artworks featuring the Essex countryside by Reg Batten (1914-2014),  Jim Hayes and by members of the Ongar Art Society, whose artworks are available for sale.


Future Exhibitions

An interesting and entertaining programme of presentations is planned for the coming year. Watch this space or our news pages for further details.

Geoff Silcock's trilogy continues in 2019 with an exhibition titled The Last Beasts of Man featuring the best in black and white photography and concludes with the continuation of the first episode Into the morning

Look out for further details of these exhibitions here or on our news pages and via social media nearer the time. 


Malcolm Root Painting

For those unable to view Malcolm Root's personal collection of original paintings, which broke the viewing records at the Gallery over the Steam Gala Weekend in early June, the widely acclaimed picture of the new Epping to Ongar 1950s "Push and Pull"  picture "In the bleak mid-winter" will now be on show in the The Penny Salon during our current exhibition. 

Malcolm root Painting in the Penny Salon

The Gallery

The Epping Ongar Railway opened the ‘micro-gallery’ at Ongar Station on Saturday 27 May 2017. The gallery is in the Ladies Waiting Room at the station. A railway volunteer and professional photographer who specialises in steam photography, Geoff Silcock, has worked alongside the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society members to transform the room into a place to display photographs and pictures. Mr Silcock has worked with local photographic and historical societies to bring a programme of interesting and relevant exhibitions to the Railway.

Penny Salon ExhibitionThe free bijou exhibition area has been named "The Penny Salon" and will be open whenever trains are running to provide interest for passengers.

The output of "The Penny Salon" consists partially of the well established work of Eastender Reg Batten, who achieved his 100th birthday before he passed away in 2014. Reg spent much of his leisure time from the 1930s until he was well into his 80s, recording images from the now bygone world around him, especially from around Essex; Malcolm Batten is the custodian of his fathers work, and continues the family tradition, with countless photographic images published in magazines, plus several articles to his credit, and with published books on related transport subjects; and Geoff Silcock, with well over 50 years overall involved in the pursuit of his passion for especially steam trains, including  its related photography and railway journalism content, with over 100 published articles in specialist magazines over the last 25 years... Plus he assures everyone that he also found the time to spend over 45 years in the photographic "D&P" profession from the early 1960s... 

The inaugural month through to 18 June 2017 hosted The Essex Monochrome Society with Black and White images mainly from in and around Essex, including steam trains. This was followed by an exhibition by the Ongar Historical Millenium Society titled "The Railway Comes to Essex". "Bygone Essex" was the third exhibition to be held in the gallery, and a further selection of Reg Batten's iconic images will appear in a future exhibtion. The 2017 season concluded with a selection of images from by long- time steam photographer, troubadour writer, and former Sentimental Journeys charter organisor Geoff Silcock, entitled Steam in the Frame, taking viewers on a journey from 1961 right through to the present day Epping Ongar Railway. 


Fry's Chocolate Cabinet

Fry's Chocolate CabinetThe c.1890s "Frys Chocolate" glass cabinet,that was gifted to the Epping Ongar Railway, and refurbished by Malcolm Batten forms an important part of The Penny Salon's presentation of artifacts allied to the main displays.


Why "The Penny Salon"?

The name "The Penny Salon" is taken tongue in cheek from the c. 1865 built station rooms other use as its original Ladies Waiting Room.