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NEXT SPECIAL EVENT:

WEEKEND OF POWER

18th & 19th MAY

Museum open from March to November on select days & most Sundays.    Please check our website before visiting.

NEXT STEAMING WEEKEND

18th & 19th MAY

Museum open from March to November on select days & most Sundays.    Please check our website before visiting.

NEXT IN STEAM

18th & 19th MAY

NEXT STEAMING WEEKEND

18th & 19th MAY

NEXT SPECIAL EVENT:

WEEKEND OF POWER

18th & 19th MAY 

MAY STEAMING WEEKEND

See the world’s largest working steam engine in action.

MAY STEAMING WEEKEND

Weekend of Power! See road engines, model boats and engines of all sizes

TREASURER VACANCY

We’re looking for a new Trust Treasurer. Follow the link for details.

VISITOR SURVEY

Help the museum by filling in our survey

VOLUNTEER WITH US

We’re looking for tour guides, engine operators, front of house & refreshment volunteers to help keep the museum open.

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FIND US

BY CAR, TRAIN & BUS

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OPEN DAYS

DATES OF STEAMING WEEKENDS

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BOOK TICKETS

STEAMING WEEKENDS & EVENTS

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COLLECTION

LEARN ABOUT THE ENGINES

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HISTORY

KEMPTON PARK PUMPING STATION

VOLUNTEERING

GET INVOLVED AT THE MUSEUM

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FILM HIRE

PHOTO, FILM & TV PRODUCTION

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RAILWAY

HAMPTON & KEMPTON RAILWAY

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KEMPTON STEAM MUSEUM

LONDON’S HISTORIC PUMPING STATION

Kempton Steam Museum is the home of the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam engine known as ‘The Sir William Prescott Engine’. The engine sits amongst two steam turbines and opposite an identical twin called ‘The Lady Bessie Prescott Engine,’ which is currently being restored. The machines are as high as four stacked double-decker buses and closely resemble the RMS Titanic’s engines. The two engines and two steam turbines pumped vast volumes of London’s drinking water from 1929 until 1980 when electric pumps in an adjacent building superseded them.  

The museum is located at the Kempton Park Pumping Station in southwest London, which is operated by Thames Water and continues to supply water to London. The museum and its engines are housed within a Grade II* listed Scheduled Monument made from Portland stone and glazed bricks. The engine house is crowned at the rear by two tall brick chimneys known as ‘King’ and ‘Queen,’ which stand as a landmark for miles around. The mighty triple-expansion steam engines and turbine pumps have been preserved since 1995 by volunteers of the Kempton Great Engines Trust to ensure their engineering magnificence is treasured for many generations. 

The museum is open between March and November for special events and several weekends throughout the year when the ‘The Sir William Prescott’ engine can be seen in action. Click one of the boxes above to learn more about London’s water supply history, technical details about the machines, and when to visit Kempton Steam Museum.