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

15TH ANNUAL SUMMER DIESEL GALA 3rd/4th/5th & 6th August. Four days of heritage diesel action with a visiting Deltic too! 33063 will feature along with visiting (now long term) Classmate 33201. The Spa Valley's annual and well known four day Summer Diesel Extravaganza is a major event & this year plays an important part in the railway's 20th anniversary celebrations. Make a note of the date - don't miss out! 'Click' in the box for full details!


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..



33 063 “RJ Mitchell” has now returned to Tunbridge Wells West (30/03/17)

after it’s brief but very successful visit to the Great Central Railway…..

Many thanks to all at the GCR for the invite & great hospitality that was given to all of us that visited – most enjoyable!

The loco has performed faultlessly during the visit, with many favourable comments received -


Driver Experience Days 2017 – Booking enquiry’s can be considered,

however the Driver Ex page is currently unavailable due to being revised.



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 : 17th February 2017

Classmate 33 201 is set to visit the Spa Valley Railway for the Spring Diesel Gala. Full details of the gala can be found by clicking on the event info box above. After the sudden and untimely death of John (aka JJ) Silver who was one of our very much loved and very active members of our group, it has been decided very fittingly to run the evening services on Saturday 11th March of the gala weekend in his memory. The memorial train is to be top ‘n’ tailed by both 33 063 and 33 201 which he would very much have appreciated…..


The loco is currently IN SERVICE with all the annual VMI inspections all completed in time for its visit to the GCR. The loco has received a new set of battery’s as the previous set now some twelve years old, are no longer suitable for our operating procedures. The battery compartments have seen some refurbishment prior to fitting the new set. All electrical motors on the loco have seen deep cleaning and inspection together with brush lengths being taken – all found to be in good order. Air tanks have been cleaned and inspected and have been certificated to be in a fit condition for use. Other VMI’s are well on their way to completion with nothing out of spec being found so far and we are hopeful to complete some minor paintwork (underframe / bogies) touch up. The loco is to be back in service for the Spa’s Spring Gala prior to it’s visit to the Great Central Railway immediately afterwards.


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

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    • Cab and bodyside metal replacement work was virtually suspended in early 2016 with other demands on the welder. However, welding has resumed and the front of Cab 2 is completed with the windows now refitted. Our welder is now dealing with Cab 1. The SELG’s weltrol wagon has received new decking as prep to take the ‘lump’ when it’s lifted (on a date as yet to be deterimed). 065 was stood down from service in 2011.