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.



8th August 2018

Steam in Bulgaria

David Plant talks about Bulgarian steam during a 2014 visit.


22nd August 2018

The Royal Arsenal Railway

Ian Bull gives a talk on this narrow gauge railway designed specifically for the Woolwich Arsenal. Operation of the railway ceased in 1971


12th September 2018

"That Was The Year That Was" -1966

Geoff Plumb returns to talk about railway activities during 1966


26th September 2018

GWR Camping Coaches

Railway historian and musician Mike Fenton gives a talk on the GWR's Camping Coach scheme of the 1930s, based on memories and photos of many of those who participated in the holidays. Mike tells the story of the research as well as the scheme itself with some rare archive material. A presentation suitable not just for railway buffs but anyone interested in social history. Mike's wife also attends and together they present a short musical interlude.


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


Picture of the Month August 2018


During November 2017, a DRS powered railhead treatment train was photographed passing New Barnetby, returning from Bridlington as 3S14. Class 20 #303 and Class 20 #305 provided the top and tailed traction power. Your correspondent remembers a biting northerly wind producing a chill factor well below 0degC as he huddled for shelter behind the bridge parapet.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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On Saturday 8 September a visit to the splendid Statfold Barn Railway ( 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 Statfold Barn trip.


The Winchester City Heritage Open Days from 13th -16th September 2018 include a family tour of the Chesil Railway Tunnel. Checkout the following link


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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Launched December 2009       Last updated: 2nd Aug 2018
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham
and is now maintained by Members of the Society