The new agreement allows the railway to build across Thames Water land and start laying track down towards Hampton and slowly rebuild the original railway, which was known as the Metropolitan Water Board Railway.
A lease has been signed between the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway and Thames Water to start work rebuilding the original 1915 industrial railway.
The original 2 ft gauge railway was built between 1914 and 1916 to carry coal from wharves on the River Thames to the pumping stations at Hampton and Kempton Park. In 1945 the line closed.
An event with Michael Hamilton, chairman of the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway was held on Monday 19 March to celebrate the granting of a lease by Thames Water which will allow the team of volunteers to start work on the next phase of the project.
The railway hopes to run 2.6km from Kempton Steam Museum to Hydes Field, Hampton, giving steam hauled trips to visitors through unspoilt countryside. The project is also planning to construct a visitor and community centre that will provide educational opportunities for local schools and other interested groups.
For more information visit the Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway website.
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