Gala sees new Malcolm Root F5 painting unveiled

TO mark the first anniversary of the Penny Salon at Ongar station during the Epping Ongar Railway’s June 8-10 steam gala, artist Malcolm Root FRPS unveiled his latest painting, depicting a Holden F5 2-4-2T in its final years of service with its two-coach push-pull train at Epping.

It was inspired by the Ongar branch in the early 1950s, when the pre-electrification line was connected by the steam-hauled push-pull trains from Epping station.

Malcolm Root’s latest painting shows a GER F5 2-4-2T at Epping in the Fifties.

The Penny Salon is a ‘micro-gallery’ set up in the ladies waiting room with the help of volunteer, photographer and Heritage Railway contributor Geoff Silcock.

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Malcolm 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.”

EOR business development manager Dean Walton said: “Malcolm is rightly held in the highest regard for his wonderful compositions. It is an honour to host him at the Epping Ongar Railway with a new painting featuring a locomotive and coaches that, almost 70 years ago, ran to Ongar.”

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