The Penny Salon Micro-Gallery at Ongar Station

Free admission! Gallery open whenever trains are running

The Penny Salon Gallery

The gallery is currently closed, but a presentation entitled SNOW ON SHOW, by the now established team of Geoff Silcock and Malcolm Batten, will be on display during our Mince Pie specials and New Year Steam Day. This interpretation, including images taken by Malcolm's father, Reg, in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, will feature some of the trios finest work with snow. The images, taken over the past 8 decades in both black and white and colour framed enlargements, will have a transport theme. Snow on Show is a seasonal extravaganza not to be missed. 

Steam in the Frame exhibition

The most recent exhbition - Steam in the Frame, by Geoff Silcock. 


Future Exhibitions

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


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 inaugural month through to 18 June 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.