May 24th, 2017

‘Micro-Gallery’ to open at Ongar Station

The Epping Ongar Railway will be opening a new ‘micro-gallery’ at Ongar Station on Saturday 27 May. The gallery is in the Ladies Waiting Room at Ongar. A 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. The Gallery has been named The Penny Salon and will be open whenever trains are running to provide interest for the passengers.

Geoff Silcock, who has organised the gallery, said “The latter- day Epping Ongar Railway has recognised a need for entertaining its visitors arriving at Ongar Station from its steam and diesel trains, plus its heritage buses, and the free bijou exhibition area is now expected to operate for its visitors from Saturday 27 May at peak times throughout the year.

The inaugural month from the Saturday 27 May through to 18 June will be presented by The Essex Monochrome Society with Black and White images mainly from in and around Essex, including steam trains. The second month’s presentation starts with the Railway’s Victorian Weekend on 24/25 June, and will feature “The Railway comes to Ongar” presented by the Ongar Historical Millenium Society from its extensive archive. Future items will include presentations of unseen work from the the 1930s onwards in local Essex and surrounding counties, plus the work of top transport photographers and painters around the Southern Counties