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The Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society

 (Supporting the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway Project)


Operation & Timetable Brochure 2014

  Darent passed her steam test with flying colours and is set to haul the seasons trains - but perhaps will step aside

  for a short rest when the 'new' diesels arrive - but that may be some time off as there is still some repair work to be

  carried out.  Watch this space for more news!


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 We operate every Sunday - the next Steaming Weekend at the Great Engines is 26/27th April.



We have of course no data to directly compare the passenger figures for this past weekend, as we had not yet started 'public' running this time last year, but a total number of passengers carried of ca. 320 seems good, if not exciting, and well within our capacity - so the answer to all members is to please spread the word that The Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway is up-and-running every Sunday from 10.30 until 16.00 hrs. 

Print off our Poster and put it up in your window/car window and give a copy to friends.

Print off the leaflet Operation & Timetable and give those to your friends too.

Have you checked-out the video of Darent's steaming just before Xmas, now through the YouTube Video Link - top right of this page.
The track in the N.E corner between the Steam Shed and the "Hanworth Halt" Platform has been re-laid and is ready for 2014.  Everything is getting a bit of a clean-up and polish ready for the new season - come and have a look and why not help us!

Introduction :


The great pumping engines at Kempton were once connected to the Thames by a narrow gauge (2') railway which could supply the coal and also distribute sand to the filter beds. It connected all the pumping engines at Kempton and Hampton so that they could be supplied from the river or from a standard gauge railway at Kempton via the Shepperton branch. This way advantage could be made of whichever route was cheaper or more convenient at any time. The line was over 3 miles long, was built in 1916 and closed about 1946.






The Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society (MWBRS) was set up to restore as much of this line as possible (see Route page), partly to be an extra attraction to visitors to the Kempton Great Engines, partly to transport them there and partly as a stand alone attraction. When completed it will also be able to transport visitors to the Kempton Nature Reserve. Until permission for that is granted we are building the Hanworth Loop (see News) is a field nearby. It is hoped we may be able to extend the Loop to connect with the old route.

 How To Find Us :


  The Post Code of the site is TW13 6XH and clicking on  the Streetmap link will take you straight to the street  plan, though you will need the following information as well :

   We are located almost under the A316 “Country Way” which is elevated at this point, though note that there is no  direct access to the site from that road.  The A316 is an eastern extension of the M3 and fortunately the Twin Chimneys of the Kempton Park Pumping Station are a  very prominent adjacent landmark. 


 Access to the site is via a driveway off Snakey Lane

 and through a large security gate (if you have not made arrangements to open the gate try ringing The Kempton Great Engines Trust on 01932 765328).  There is also a small gate that may be open on Kempton Great Engines Steaming days giving direct access to the site off the  foot/cycle path on the North side of the A316 between Sunbury and  Hanworth. 


NOTE -  Do not rely solely on the use of Satellite Navigation and the Post Code as this can be misleading - look at a map and read these instructions - or else try TW13 7ND the nearest Post Code to our entrance drive ".


Our illustration from a painting by Graham Bosworth shows loco “Hampton” 

 during the line’s heyday. It is reproduced by permission  of the owner Alain Foote. 

Also, if you are coming to see us and it is NOT an "OPEN DAY" or similar event, then it is essential that you let us know before-hand as you will need assistance to pass the security gate. This applies whatever means of Transport you are using. 


By Road:

If approaching from the south and west on the M3 or A316 take the first slip road off the A316 after the end of the M3 and follow the brown signs – first exit (Sign-Posted to Lower Feltham) off the roundabout under the A316 (Snakey Lane), first exit at next roundabout (Snakey Lane) then next left – following the brown signs.


If approaching from the east on the A316 take the slip road off when you see the Twin Chimneys of the Kempton Park Pumping Station on your left, down to the roundabout and take the third exit into Snakey lane, first exit at next roundabout (Snakey Lane), then next left – following the brown signs, as above. If using a “SatNav” please ensure that your directions are via Snakey Lane.


By Train:  The nearest Network Rail Station is Kempton Park, served by South West Trains, Shepperton Line, out of Waterloo.  Turn right out of the station and North (right) on Park Road, and right along the A316. Cross the A316, Country Way by the foot bridge ahead of you, turn right and proceed until you see the Twin Chimneys on your right, there may be a small gate directly to the site open on your right; otherwise proceed to the roundabout under the A316, turn left and follow the Brown Signs.  It is a good 20 minute walk, unless the pedestrian gate is open, which halves it. The small gate may be open on Kempton Great Engines Steaming Days for direct access to the site off the foot/cycle path on the north side of the A316 between Sunbury and Hanworth.  Normally it is locked except by prior arrangement.


By Underground Train:   Nearest Station is Hatton Cross on the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow.  Alight at Hatton Cross and take the H25 Bus, see below.


By Bus:  The 290 goes between Twickenham and Staines.  Alight at the roundabout (Feltham Junction) under the A 316 and take Snakey Lane to the site following the Brown Signs.

The H25 runs from Hatton Cross (Neatest London Underground Station - Piccadilly Line) to Feltham and Hanworth. Get off at the Feltham Junction roundabout and follow the Brown Signs.


 Don't forget to let us know before-hand as you will need assistance to pass the security gate if it isn't a public open day.