Malcolm Root Painting Unveiled at Steam Gala Exhibition in the Penny Salon Gallery10th June 2018

To mark the first anniversary of "The Penny Salon" at Ongar Station, Malcolm Root F.G.R. A. unveiled his latest painting at Ongar Station on 9 June 2018.

The painting was inspired by the Epping to Ongar line in the early 1950s, when the line to Ongar was connected by the steam "Push and Pull" trains from Epping Station. The new Malcolm Root painting features one of the Holden F5 2-4-2Ts in its final years of service with its 2- coach push- pull train at Epping London Transport Station. The unveiling was at the start of special 2 day exhibition of his work, hosted by Mr Root in the Railway’s ‘Penny Salon’ art gallery at Ongar Station.

Malcolm Root (centre) with his new painting
Pictured with the painting are (L-R) Roger Wright, Managing Director Epping Ongar Railway, Malcom Root and Alan Coppen, locomotive fireman

Malcolm Root, from Halstead, said,

“It’s wonderful to be here at the Epping Ongar Railway today giving something back to the railways that have supported me over the years. Unveiling my latest picture, featuring a scene at Epping Station, makes it particularly fitting that I am here at Ongar Station.

Dean Walton, Business Development Manager said

“Malcolm is rightly held in the highest regard for his wonderful compositions. It is an honour to have him here at the Epping Ongar Railway with a new painting featuring a locomotive and coaches that almost 70 years ago ran to Ongar.” He added, “The Penny Salon is now one year old and a great thank you must go to Geoff Silcock and Malcolm Batten who have created this wonderful gallery space and the displays which go into it. It was a delight to meet Mr Root and see his work over the weekend."