The Penny Salon Micro-Gallery at Ongar Station

Free admission! Gallery open whenever trains are running!

The Penny Salon Gallery Award winning Malcolm Root Painting


Latest Exhibition

19 July - 1 September: "Into the Morning" - Part 3 of Geoff Silcock's "best of the best" trilogy.

The first of the eight steam segments of the exhibition is "Into the Morning" itself, which captures the expectant mood of steam around daybreak in diverse locations. The action then moves to "On shed", where you are cast into the gritty yet empowering world of pent-up steam energy ready to unleash itself upon the day, with photographs from the early 1960s and 1990s. The next, "In the midday sun" delves into the part of the day that many photographers of steam trains tend not to bother with in the summertime, and it is only too apparent what they may miss.

Into the Morning exhibition in the Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar Station Into the Morning exhibition in the Penny Salon gallery at Ongar station

In "Steam Metropolis", Geoff steps up a gear, calling upon several of his early compositions, and further views from London around the Millennium. "Main Line Steam" takes us further afield to several U.K. steam highways. "Branches & By-ways" takes us to where small and often described as "quaint" lines ruled the steam roost until fairly recently, especially in the Eastern Counties.

Finally, "Each a Glimpse ... And Gone forever", draws upon the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson that Geoff lists as one of his prime mentors over several decades, and brings down the final curtain on the proceedings, as the flowing images of steam retreat back into town and countryside.

Into the Morning exhibition in the Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar Station

Also on show is the super large cast brass nameplate, plus its 1934 building plate, from a long forgotten class A3 pacific locomotive that were used by Geoff 26 years ago to change the identity of the world famous Flying Scotsman for a series of photographic charters.

Coming Next

For the final presentation for 2019, from 8 September and throughout October, We are excited to present a special exhibition celebrating 25 years since the closure of the line by London Underground in 1994 and the rebirth of the Epping Ongar Railway.


Future Exhibitions

An interesting and entertaining programme of presentations is planned for the future. 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 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 exhibition. The 2017 season concluded with a selection of images from by long- time steam photographer, troubadour writer, and former Sentimental Journeys charter organiser 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 artefacts 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.