Basingstoke Station circa 1915  

(Picture courtesy of Basingstoke Willis Museum)

Basingstoke Station 2010 

(Picture by Ian Francis)

Basingstoke Station 2012

  (Picture by David Brace)

  Welcome   Next Evening Meetings


We are pleased you have found the official web site of the

Basingstoke & District Railway Society.

The Society was formed in 1974 to provide entertainment on railway related matters. 

We meet twice monthly on a Wednesday evening between 19.45 and 22.00 at the Wote Street Club in the Basingstoke Town Centre.

Our membership number is around 80, male and female, young and old, and our meeting attendance is typically 40. The majority of our meetings take the form of an illustrated presentation by a top quality speaker.

Members pay an annual subscription of 5, plus a reduced admission fee of 2 at each meeting and enjoy many other benefits.

Visitors are welcome at all our regular meetings on payment of a 3 admission fee. 

For those historians amongst you, we are pleased to include Chris Tolley's 'A History of the Railways around Basingstoke', accessible from our History page.

You can read much more About Us or can Contact Us by using these links or clicking on the tabs above.


9th January 2019

A London Underground Miscellany Pt 1

Paul Joyce of the Reading Transport Group begins with the cut & cover Metropolitan Line then south over the District / LSWR line to Wimbledon finishing with the City & South London / Northern Line. History and Charles Holden's architecture will be discussed briefly for each line.


23rd January 2019

AGM followed by a members quiz set by David Brace and John Clark.


13th February 2019

Gresley to Tornado

Alan Hayward links the history of Gresley's first pacific loco "Great Northern" No1470 through Thompson's rebuild of Great Northern into A1/1 to Peppercorn's final A1 development. The main achievements of the 3 LNER CMEs Gresley, Thompson and Peppercorn will be covered.


27th February 2019

The First Fifty(Four) Years of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

Leslie McAllister will describe how the RSPI has grown from humble beginnings in 1964 into a 1000 member organistion with its own engineering facilities keeping typically three locomotives running  dozens of trips on the mainline as well as a museum at Whitehead in Northern Ireleand


For advanced notice during this year's programme, follow this link.

The 2019 Programme 

For advanced notice of next years programme, follow this link when available

The 2020 Programme 


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Picture of the Month November 2018


Brr! Winter on the Gornergrat Bahn in Switzerland. Opened in1898, the line was the first fully electrified cogwheel railway in the country. Unit 3053 of Class Bhe/4/8 enters the summit station.  

Photograph by David Brace.

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Society Book Sale

During the year, a new stock of books donated by Society member Bayard Arriss will be available for sale.


 Member's Area   Other Forthcoming Events

Members can view archive and other Society material with password access on the Member Login page




  Items of Railway Interest   Society Members Photo Archive

For information about train movements through Basingstoke Station click here

The UK Steam Information website showing steam train schedules click here 

Rail fares between any two stations on the UK network click here

The live departure board for passenger trains from Basingstoke.  Click here

Get the cheapest tickets by splitting your journey!  Click here for the link to the web site with all the information  

Church Street Models, Basingstoke's specialist model shop. Click here for the link to their website.


External links to the photographic efforts of current and past society members.

Ian Francis

Andy Fewster

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