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

Autumn Diesel Gala & The 8th Spa Valley Railway's Beer & Cider Festival in conjunction with Kent's 'Campaign for Real Ale' (CAMRA) Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018. Class 25, D7612 Class 31, 31 430 'Sister Dora' Class 33, 33063 'R.J.Mitchell' 'Click' in the box for full details (Spa V.R. website) [All of the above locomotives 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..



We are now approaching the Spa Valley Railway’s 2018 Beer Festival & Diesel Weekend!

Runs from Friday 19th October up to & including Sunday 21st October.

Lots of beer & Cider on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Main Festival is in the Engine Shed at Tunbridge Wells West with additional beer’s etc on the trains and

at Groombridge & Eridge Stations.

Diesels that are running : “The Rat” D7612, “The Ped” 31 430 Sister Dora & ” The Crompton” 33 063 R J Mitchell.

Full details on The Spa Valley Web site including the timetables……


Great event and one not to be missed!

A Fine selection of Beers & Diesels, what’s not to like!!


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

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    • 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.