This is a tour that many of you have been waiting
very patiently for! We’re visiting the world’s largest operational
Triple Expansion Engine and a narrow gauge steam railway – as it’s
a well-known phenomenon that steam engines (especially
exceptionally large ones) bring on an unaccountable thirst, we’re
visiting two nearby breweries (we will be the first formal group to
visit both), a pub that is almost a beer festival in itself for lunch
plus a village pub holding their summer beer festival.
Reunion Brewery at Feltham. A wide range of
cask ales are produced.
Kempton Steam Museum - home to two 1,000-ton
triple-expansion steam pumping engines. One of these massive
engines has been restored and is now the largest working example in
the world – it will be in steam today. The second has been kept as
a static display and we’re able to offer a limited number of guided
tours climbing up this extraordinary beast, although this is not
suitable for those who have limited mobility or suffer from vertigo
– indicate if you want to do this on the booking form. Between 1927
to 1980, each engine pumped 19
million gallons of water every day to North London. By the way,
they’re similar to the engines of the Titanic and have been used in
two films about the ship.
Hampton and Kempton
Waterworks Railway - this 2 foot gauge railway linked the Kempton Park
and Hampton pumping stations and was built to transport coal and clinker
between the pumping stations and Platt’s Eyot
– it ran between 1914 and 1945 when it was dismantled. In 2003 a
preservation society was formed and today a short new section has
been built with the intention of reopening part of the old track
route to run trains to the nearby Kempton Nature Reserve. We will
have an included trip on this short but interesting line.
The Sussex Arms, Twickenham (GBG) for sandwiches and an
included pint. This serves around a dozen well-chosen ales on handpump
and has transformed the town’s drinking scene.
Oddly Brewery, Platt’s Eyot - this brewery is so new that when the reccie was carried out only test brews had been
produced but they are now in full production. The island is a
The Perseverance, Wraysbury (GBG) are holding a beer
festival where around a dozen beers will be sold, many on gravity.
the link on our TOURS page for full details and the Booking Form –
this tour is likely to sell out quickly.