Hampton and Kempton railway set to receive railway wagons and equipment

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Credit: HKWR

The Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway has announced that it is to receive donated wagons and railway equipment from Hampshire Narrow Gauge Trust.

This comes after the HNGT’s decision to close its Bursledon site near Southampton.

The lack of a viable future at Bursledon has resulted in the decision to dissolve the Trust and dispose of the assets after operating for more than 58 years.

Built in 1912, HKWR is a 2ft narrow gauge steam railway based in South West London that is open on Sundays from March to November.

Various items of equipment from HNGRT have been donated to other Narrow-Gauge Trusts.

What did the officials say?

Michael Hamilton, Chairman, HKWR, said:

“We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to gain significant elements of equipment needed to help with our project. HNGRT kindly loaned one of their locomotives to us last year and they were able to see for themselves our plans for the future of our railway”.

HNGRT Chairman, Les Munckton also commented

“This is a good outcome for the bulk of our collection, and we are glad to assist with this ambitious and exciting project.

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