In January 2000, The South East Locomotive Group became the proud owners of two Class 33 locomotives, 33 063 and 33 065, moving to their new home at Shepherdswell on the East Kent Railway in March 2000. Following many months of hard work, 33 063 was successfully started on 2nd July 2000, subsequently working EKR passenger trains in its mid-1980’s BR Blue livery. 33063 joined our operational Ruston Diesel Shunter, 427 operating most weekends during the operating season. In July 2001, 33065 was successfully restarted and subsequently restored to 1990’s BR Blue with off-white roof and red buffer-beams, in August 2002. ‘427’ was released from SELG ownership in Jan’04.
In the Autumn of 2004, the decision was taken to relocate the Group to the Tunbridge Wells West-based Spa Valley Railway, with immediate effect.
Some of the highlights for the Group include the naming of 33063 as “R.J.Mitchell” on 5th September 2005 plus visits to the Mid-Norfolk Rly with 33065 and running to Eridge with 33063 since the SVR’s extension opened in 2012.
In more recent times, 33065 has entered the shed at Tunbridge Wells to begin a much needed and lengthy overhaul which will include bodywork & cab repairs, bogie lift, re-wire and power unit removal & rebuild. Much to do then, over the next few years.
To help in both financial and moral support, the SELG are operating three levels of membership of the Group. They are:-
The first level of entry attracting a subscription rate for the year of £15 (12 months from the date of joining) . The funds generated from the Supporters Group will be put towards the costs of maintaining and operating the locomotive (s). Supporters are also invited to participate in any South East Locomotive Group activities at the Spa Valley Railway or otherwise. Supporters will also receive the latest information regarding the Group (including Class 33 operating dates) and Class 33 activity, through our Newsletter.
Anyone wishing to join the Supporters Group membership should complete the simple form that can be downloaded. Print it off and send, together with a cheque/postal order for £15 made payable to ‘South East Locomotive Group’, to:
SELG Membership, c/o Spa Valley Rly., West Station, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. TN2 5QY
Supporters are encouraged to take a hands-on approach, helping in maintaining the loco’s. However, in such circumstances, they must be a holder of Spa Valley Railway membership (for insurance purposes) as they would be working on SELG locos whilst on Spa Valley Railway premises.
33063 in 2005 during a 7-month overhaul
Introduced in 2003 as an opportunity to be a part owner of 33063 & 33065. The package can be summarised thus:-
- One-off joining fee of £100.
- Monthly subscription as per the Full Owner Members, the rate set at AGM.
- Access to the locomotives during operating days, members days, working weekends and other events, normally when Full Owner Members are present. No limits apply but operational requirements for example, must take precedence and may restrict access at times. Involvement in operations is encouraged, subject to training and experience.
- Spa Valley Railway membership included.
- Full voting rights at AGM except on issues relating to disposal of assets.
- Ineligible to stand for Officer positions but the right exists to apply for Full Owner Member status subject to various conditions, criteria and approval by the Committee.For more details on this package, write to:-
SELG, c/o Spa Valley Rly., West Station, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. TN2 5QY
email : secretary AT selg DOT co DOT uk
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FULL OWNER MEMBERSHIP
With a few exceptions, the majority of current members in this category are the founding members of the group in the early 1990’s. Additions to this level of membership is subject to special terms and conditions beyond the scope of this briefing.