West London’s best-kept secret…

A visit to Kempton can be summed up in one three-letter word: WOW! No photograph or video can prepare you for the breathtaking sight of the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam pumping engine in action. Come and see the huge 33-ton flywheels spinning round on their 30-ton crankshaft and watch the massive con rods rise and fall in rhythmic splendour. At 62 feet high, and weighing 1,000 tons, the engine is the size of a block of flats… and it’s not alone because our magnificent Art Deco building houses two of them!

One of our Worthington-Simpson Triples has been restored to working order and the other is maintained as a static display for guided tours. Our trained volunteers will lead you on a walk through engineering time, explaining the many features of the magnificent Triples and ending up at the very top, where you can take spectacular photographs of the engine house. For steaming dates, click here.

The museum also has its own narrow-gauge railway, which currently offers short rides for adults and children, plus special themed events throughout the year including Hallowe’en and Christmas. The long-term project is to reinstate most of the original track down to the Thames at Hampton. This was once used to bring coal up to the Triple House to fuel the boilers and plans are already being drawn up to restore this great heritage railway. For more information and booking forms for special events, click here.

Engine closeup

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