Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society
Awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for
June 2nd 2017
Here is the latest news “WebNews June 2017”
Newsbrief will continue as before and contain most of the information in the web briefings but also articles which are less date sensitive.
Here is the latest video from the prolific camera of Simon Lloyd. It reveals the activity behind the scenes when the last passengers have gone home and we are stabling our locomotives and rolling stock.
We are now offering a one day Footplate Experience . An opportunity to spend a day operating our steam engine on the Hanworth Loop. No experience is needed as you will be guided throughout the day by one of our qualified drivers. If you are interested please go to the Footplate Experience page where you can read more about the day and book your experience.
BROOKLANDS RADIO: a feature on our railway
If you haven’t heard of it before Brooklands Radio is a virtual radio station that you listen to on your computer. It is centered on Surrey and transmits a range of items including features where they visit interesting places around or near Surrey. They recently visited our railway and the programme can be found here: www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/podcasts/HamptonKemptonRailway2016-09-29.mp3 and a more recent interview with Douglas Dick can be found under “Listen again” under 16/12/16.
Have a look at the video below. Its a very wide angle camera mounted on Darent’s water tank.
Change your view by using your mouse to drag left, right, up and down as you travel around the Hanworth Loop.
Join us as we progress the work on projects on our narrow gauge railway.
There is much to be done. We need people for track work, painting, woodworking, general maintenance, electrical work etc etc. Why not pop round one Tuesday while we are working on site, or write to us at the mwbrs office.
Welcome to the Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway. We are open from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm every Sunday in 2017, from March 18th to November 20th and some Saturdays as well (see our schedule and prices). You can find us near to the Thames Water works at Kempton, off Snakey Lane, see our map and directions. We are arguably one of the best kept secrets in West London and we have one of the oldest working steam locomotives in the south of England. Adults and children alike love riding around the Hanworth Loop – our 2 ft gauge railway line – in period coaches hauled by our 1903 steam loco.
The Hanworth Loop is the first stage of a major project to reinstate the historic narrow gauge line that hauled coal from the Thames at Hampton to the giant steam pumping engines that are in the beautiful listed building adjacent to our railway. We work closely with the Kempton Great Engines and when the Museum has a weekend steaming we run on Saturday as well. On these weekends the giant triple expansion steam pumping engine is operating.
There are nine full weekend steamings and they each have extra attractions such as a classic car and bike shows, model railway exhibition, a Stanley Steam car and many others. Then, as Christmas approaches, we will have our Santa Specials, details and bookings will be available on this site nearer the time. The dates and details of the steaming weekends can be found on our prices and events page.
Teas, coffee and snacks will be on sale or you can bring your own picnic and use our lovely picnic field and watch the trains. And you are welcome to contact us if you would like to hold a birthday party here.
And for you railway enthusiasts, we usually have a collection of second hand railway books for sale.