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 90, male and female, young and old, and our meeting attendance is typically 40 to 45. The majority of our meetings take the form of an illustrated presentation by a top quality speaker.

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

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

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

 

 

11th April 2018

Rambling Railwayman's Recollection

Geoff Burch returns for a third time to continue with his transfer to Woking as second man. His narrative follows his working life at Effingham Junc, Woking,Waterloo Training School before becoming Training Design Manager with South West Trains.

 

25th April 2018

Railway, Dock and Canal Policing

Steve Beamon BA from the British Transport Police History Unit gives a talk on British Transport policing from 1948 to the present day.

 

9th May 2018

ChilternRailways

Managing Director Dave Penney talks about running a modern railway

 

23rd May 2018

29 years on the North York  Moors Railway

Ian Foot has performed various roles on the MYMR. His talk includes a short history, a line description, and running to Whitby. 

 

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

The 2018 Programme 

For advanced notice of next years programme, follow this link

The 2019 Programme 

 

To receive email notification before each meeting please send an email with subject "Subscribe" to Publicity@BDRS70D.com

 

Picture of the Month April 2018

 STOP PRESS NEWS

Phew! In Myanmar 25deg heat, the Mandalay Express leaves Bago behind Chinese built Bo-Bo-Bo number DF20161 during a November 2017 trip organised by FarRail Tours.The Semaphores and English style signal box will soon be swept away as Myanmar Railways undertake a significant modernisation programme.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

Why not enter your picture for next month?  eMail your image to: web@bdrs70d.com

 

 

SOCIETY UK TRIPS IN 2018

At their January meeting your Committee agreed dates for Society trips this year. The Committee reviewed take-up at its March meeting and, at that time, the coach trip to the Gloucester/Warwickshire Railway had not garnered the support we had been hoping for. The trip is scheduled for Sunday 8 July and will provide a full day at the railway and an opportunity to stroll around the delightful village of Broadway. As an added attraction, that day is a 'classic bus rally' day at the G/WR at no extra cost. Our intention is to use a 53-seat, toilet-fitted coach. A form to complete for registering your interest will be available at each of the Society’s meetings in April. The cost is likely to be in the region of £34 for Society members and a little more for non-members. A booking form will be available in due course when final costings based on likely numbers have been calculated. In the meantime, please sign up. 

The Committee is still trying  to secure tickets to visit the Fawley Hill Light Railway near Henley on Thames, Sunday 17 June is no longer available, however, and 2 September is the new date. Can those who had signed up for the June date let John Clark know their availability for 2 September as soon as possible please?

On Saturday 8 September a visit to the splendid Statfold Barn Railway (www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk) near Nuneaton in Warwickshire is planned on one of the infrequent public open days. Guaranteed continuous action, a large museum collection and attractive gardens make for a super day.

Please contact John Clark or Tony Wright if you have not yet registered your interest in joining the Fawley Hill and Statfold Barn trips.

 

 

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.

The late David Cable

Ian Francis

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