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

SEE THE SPA VALLEY RLY WEBPAGES FOR EVENTS IN 2021

Membership

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..

WELCOME

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

NOTICEBOARD

LATEST UPDATE : 11th August 2021

£10 ALL DAY ROVER, 12 HOURS of CROMPTON OPERATIONS – SAT. 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021 – 33063 & 33002

With the loss of 33012 on the Scotland tour planned for 4/9/21 (012 won’t be ready in time), consider this as an option…For the modest sum of just £10 (83p p/h !!) and £5 for a child,  you can ride all day on the CIG, behind 33063, 33002 or combos of the two. Pay £20 and have a fish’n chips supper as well. Real ales will be available on the train. Too good to be true?? CLICK HERE to take a look at the SpVR website for details. 

33063

Before the recent Spa VR Gala, the loco had a spruce-up, improving the overall appearance of the paintwork, snowploughs and detailing. No1 end driver’s steps received some attention, including replacement treads to the steps. Further work is required when next ‘in’ for mtce. in September.

Inspection of the aux machines, generators, cubicle and desks revealed some issues for further attention, to be followed up in September. Battery electrolyte levels were topped up.

Earlier in the season, the bogie dampers were replaced with those from 065 (once they had been overhauled). The internal engineroom gutters were cut out and new guttering welded in place (well overdue), in an effort to reduce water ingress. It tends to upsets the electrics.

33065

    • The loco has received two replacement engine room side doors, and new internal gutters. Replacing life expired (long ago) BRCW ironmongery.

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