About the Steaming Weekend
The London Heathrow airport opened in March of 1946. It has four terminals and for a mere £1,500 per person there is one more terminal exclusively used for VIPs like members of the Royal family, visiting dignitaries, and heads of state, and some celebrities. From 1976 until 2003 travellers from JFK airport in New York could travel the distance in about three hours on the Concorde. Over 80 million travellers pass through its gates each year and some of those passengers will likely end up about 5 miles southeast of the airport to see the Steaming Weekend at the Kempton Steam Museum.
Held on a September weekend on Saturday and Sunday, the museum is part of the larger Hampton and Kempton Park Waterworks Railway. Sunday offers a bonus with The Kempton Classic Car and Bike Show.
Royal travellers along with those cramped in the coach section will enjoy Kempton’s pair of triple-expansion steam engines (triples) plus the two steam turbine-driven pump sets. The doors from the original Babcock and Wilcox boilers are displayed at the boiler house. The railway brags of having one of the oldest working steam locomotives in the south of England. You and your kids can fulfil a dream with the Guest Driver Experience where your hands will take over the controls.
Kempton Steam Museum
Beginning in 1897 as the New River Company, the railway used five Lilleshall triples to lift water from the Thames to the reservoir and the Cricklewood area of London. The Triple House opened in 1928 and steam turbines were added to the triples in 1933. The Triple House closed in 1980 and English Heritage declared it a National Monument. In 1995, the Kempton Great Engines Trust took on the task of restoration and maintenance for future generations of steam enthusiasts.
Entry To The Event
Adults enter the museum for £8.00, for concessions £7.00, and under-18s are free. There is a small charge to ride on the railway of £3 for adults, £1 for ages 5 to 15 and under-5s are free. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the first steaming one hour later. The final steaming of the day is at 3:00 p.m. but guests can linger and see the museum attractions until 4:00 p.m. The narrow-gauge railway runs all day and the price of admission includes guided tours of an unrestored triple on steaming weekends.
Somewhere to Stay in Middlesex
Campers and caravaners will want to head west away from London to find accommodations. One close to the Kempton Museum is the Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club site with pitches for tents and motorhomes and many amenities to keep you comfortable. The museum is in the proximity of Heathrow, so hotel and B&B accommodations are plentiful.
Getting To Kempton Park Waterworks
Kempton Steam Museum is just north of Kempton Park Racecourse off the M3 at Sunbury-upon-Thames. There are detailed directions for road, train and tube users so check their official website.
Other Things To Do Around Hanworth
There is no shortage of things to do after you visit the Kempton Steam Museum. First-time visitors will want to see the many well-known sights of London. Local folks getting away for the weekend can always find something new at the British Museum, established in 1753, and offering over 8 million works in its permanent collection.
Nature lovers will want to head to Chiltern Hill (AONB) and visit Windsor Castle along the way.
The museum welcomes all visitors, including families with small children but there is one thing to remember: Kids must be at least 1.4 metres (4 ft 8in) tall to take the guided tour to the top of the 62 ft Triple. There is also no disabled access for the tour. Trained assistance dogs can enter the museum so please, don’t bring “Rover” whose only skill is to beg for food.
When is the next Steaming Weekend?
The Steaming Weekend is planned to take place at Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 7ND, Saturday 19th September, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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