The Hampton & Kempton Railway ran from 1916 and 1945 delivering coal to feed the High pressure boilers of the Kempton Park Pumping Engines, which supplied London with clean water. Our aim is to recreate the railway to the original (narrow/2') gauge and as far as possible on the original route between Hampton and Kempton. Deviations will be needed to avoid sensitive operating areas of Thames Water and a short additional branch to Kempton Park Station to create a useful transport link to the Kempton Great Engines, and also provide access the Kempton Nature Reserve (which is presently not readily accessible by public transport).
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This will be the only narrow gauge railway of any significant length in the London area, and certainly the only one to be a 'useful' means of transport in addition to being an enjoyable tourist attraction. The area in which it is located is a relatively depressed area of Hounslow and will provide a boost to the local economy through tourism, entertainment, volunteering opportunities, training and teaching facility for local schools (water/fuel/transport/local history)..
Steps to get it done:
This is the 'overall' project description over many years and multiple smaller project.
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