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Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society
Kempton Twickenham TW13 6XH
Narrow Gauge Railway
Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society - The Metropolitan Water Board Railway Society operates every Sunday and aims to restore as much of the railway link between Hampton Riverside and Kempton as possible.
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, 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, the Hanworth Loop is being built nearby. This may be extended to connect with the old route.