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Kempton Great Engines

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Down in the basement, with the eerie glow of two mercury-arc rectifiers
Worthington-Simpson steam turbine, pump, and condenser
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Kempton Great Engines steam museum, at Kempton Park, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 6XH.

  • Kempton Park Pumping Station houses two magnificent triple-expansion steam pumping engines made by Worthington Simpson. One of these can periodically be seen running. The other is being restored, providing an excellent opportunity to study the working arrangements of the engine (much stair-climbing involved if the full benefit is to be obtained!).
  • The engine room also contains two steam turbine-driven pumping sets, and an unusual back-up DC generator driven by a water turbine which takes its supply of the pumped water supply. Speed is regulated by a DC brake.


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