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.


10th July 2019

The Exeter-Barnstable Line; Past Present and Future

John Gulliver presents an illustrated analytical view of 30 years of perceived threats and largely successful efforts to overcome them. Today the line is secure and largely successful, although many questions are unresolved. The future requires many solutions to be found and thee will be discussed by one to whom the line matters a great deal.


24th July 2019

A Life on Rails

Howard Nichols's personal story of a lifetime travelling the railways of the world. Previously unpublished photos will take in North and South America, Africa, Middle East and Australasia.


14th August 2019

The Canadian Pacific Project

Dr Becky Peacock is the project supervisor of the "CanPac" restoration project at the Mid-Hants Railway. She will give an update on the progress of the 3 year project.


28th August 2019

South Africa Steam - Narrow Gauge Lines

Norman Hogg will be looking at the history and development of the 2ft narrow gauge system in South Africa, and will travel along the remaining 2ft gauge railways in the Cape, Natal, and on the private Sandstone Estate Railway in the Free State.



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 July 2019


A Paddington bound Class 43 HST set passes a Didcot bound Class 166 at Lower Basildon during August 2013. Six years later this scene is totally transformed by the OLE of the Great Western main line electrification, livery change, and the withdrawal of the HSTs east of Bristol after many years of front line service.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

Why not enter your picture for next month?  eMail your image to:




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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