Driver Experience

Have you ever wanted to drive a BR locomotive, or know someone who would? Our ‘Drive a Loco’ package will fulfill that ambition. And new for 2016 is a range of half-day options as well as our established full-day drives. Click here for more information.

Forthcoming Events

SUMMER DIESEL GALA - Fri 3rd to Sun 5th August 2018 An intense few days of running, inc. brake van rides, rare track train, driver for a fiver, fish & chip trains,and beers & food at stations. Locos set to feature :- Drewry 2591 'Southerham' Class 10 D3489 'Colonel Tomline' Clayton D8568 Class 25 D7612 33063 'R.J.Mitchell' 33201 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier', 73140, DEMU 1317 3CIG 1497. 'Click' in the box for full details (Spa V.R. website) [All of the above locomotives/units are subject to availability]


What about becoming a member of the S.E.L.G.? Perhaps become an active member in the overhaul of 33065 or get your hands dirty performing maintenance of 33063. We have 3 membership options, including an entry 'supporter' level. For more information on our membership, click in this box..



The 2018 Summer Diesel Gala is approaching, Fri 3rd Aug to Sun 5th Aug inc.. 

One of the biggest events in the Spa Valley Rlys’s calendar, this should be one of the best yet.      

Click on the FORTHCOMING EVENTS box above,

to go the SPA VR’s webpage for all the details.

A Crompton Running Day will also take place the day before (Thurs 2/8/18).

Details on the Spa VR website


Welcome to the S.E.L.G. website

Our webpages aim to inform readers of our operations, developments and news on aspects of the South East Locomotive Group, as well as other areas of Crompton interest.
Built up over many years (14+ looking at the old files) , there is a wealth of information here, contained within the menu bar, above.
For the uninitiated, the pages of this site (subect to updating) chart most of the Group’s history  including:-
  • Transporting the two ‘Cromptons’ to the East Kent Railway & their subsequent return to working order
  • Our Cromptons at the Spa Valley Rly. (from 2003)
  • 33063 named “R.J.Mitchell”, Sept. 2005
  • The overhaul of 33065 (commenced 2011)
  • Driver Experience days (also called Drive-a-loco)
  • News and updates on other Crompton activity in the U.K.
  • Articles on Crompton-related subjects; railtours and Class 33′s in bygone years, for example

LATEST NEWS : 22nd July 2018


An oil leak into the bedplate has been under investigation since the spring.


See our facebook page for a little more on the work we’ve done on 63

(you’ll be prompted to log on to Facebook if not already logged in)


    • Cab 2 welding is completed. Cab 1 is ongoing as time permits but it’s in a worse state to cab 2 so will take a bit longer.