Many Victorian waterworks had their own railway. At Kew Bridge this is demonstrated by a short line featuring the steam locomotive "Cloister", which is owned by the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust.
The museum's railway is inspired by the Hampton to Kempton Park coal railway built and operated by the Metropolitan Water Board between 1916 and 1946. Coal was delivered by barge to the MWB wharf on the river Thames at Hampton and moved by three steam locomotives to the boilerhouses of the Hampton and Kempton Park waterworks.
The engines were built by the Kerr Stuart Locomotive Company and were named "Hampton", "Kempton" and "Sunbury". None of the engines have survived, but Kew Bridge Steam Museum has one locomotive headlamp and shunter's lantern in its collections. Some of the trackwork is now incorporated in the museum's demonstration line. We also have an extensive photo collection of the lines at Hampton and Kempton Park.
The railway runs each Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from March to November and also on Cornish Engines Experience weekends and Special Events days, see our Special Events listings for details of operating days in 2007.
Our passenger carriage now features a wheelchair accessible compartment, allowing greater access to our railway rides.