About the First Steaming Weekend
When H. G. Wells’ alien invaders attacked in 'The War of the Worlds,' they passed through the town of Sunbury-on-Thames en route to London. If they attack again and follow this same course, they might stop and spend a little time in Sunbury riding the Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway.
This refurbished, vintage narrow-gauge steam railway offers visitors the opportunity to experience a classic steam-powered train ride. Narrow-gauge tracks were used in many instances when full-scale lines could not be used or afforded. These lines fell into disuse and most have disappeared. But each spring, the H&KWR fires up the steam locomotives after the cold winter for their spring First Steaming Weekend.
Throughout the year, visitors can experience the thrill of the steam train carrying them along in refurbished Pullman cars and visiting each of the interesting stops along the route. But during the first steaming weekend, the locomotives are fired up and return to life for the first time in months after resting through the winter months. Experience nature along the route at the cusp of spring, a land returning to life after its months of rest through the cold winter.
Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway
The Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway wholly operates the railway through financial support from members, ticket sales, and volunteers. All visitors have the opportunity to support the railway through the purchase of tickets, donations, memberships, and volunteering.
Entry To The Event
Tickets are £3 for adults, £1 for children 5 to 16. Children under 5 are free with a paid adult. Members can ride any time free of charge. Be sure to check out the other benefits of membership when you visit. Plentiful free parking is available onsite.
Somewhere to Stay in Middlesex
The area is filled with luxurious, moderate, and budget places to stay. The Mitre Hotel is an upscale property located only a few minutes' walk from the Hampton Court train station. Their plush, elegant rooms offer TVs, Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities. An onsite restaurant will fill your empty boiler and you can park your car for free. The Weir Hotel offers six custom styled rooms, TV, Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free parking. For those more budget-minded, the Travelodge Sunbury M3 offers a traditional relaxed hotel at an affordable rate. The pet-friendly hotel offers swimming, available Wi-Fi, and on-site parking for a fee.
Getting To Kempton Park Waterworks
If arriving by car from the south, where the M3 ends and becomes the A316, take the first slip off and follow the brown signs to Lower Feltham in the roundabout, which becomes Snakey Lane. At the next roundabout, use the first exit and keep following those brown signs. If coming from the west on the A316, exit at the Twin Chimneys (on the left) and follow the brown signs. Ride the Tube on the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow. Catch bus #25 to Sunbury Way and follow the brown signs. Take the train on the Southwestern Line from Waterloo Station to Kemper Park on the Shepperton Line. It is a short walk of just under a mile from the station to the railway.
Other Things To Do Around Hanworth
In the area around Sunbury-on-Thames are many interesting things to see and do. Visit the Kempton Great Engines Trust for an industrial museum showcasing a massive, working, 1920s steam engine and miniature railway train rides. The Brooklands Museum is built on the grounds of the longstanding motorsports grounds and features historical displays of motoring and aviation. For a bit more relaxed setting, the Hampton Court Palace is an elegant palace on luxurious grounds, great for a stroll, viewing art, or a picnic.
★★ Come for the Spring First Steam Event in Sunbury-on-Thames and experience the firing up of the vintage, narrow-gauge locomotives for the season. Just watch out for the aliens on their way through to London. ★★
When is the next First Steaming Weekend?
The First Steaming Weekend is planned to take place at Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 6XH, Saturday 21st March, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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