Basingstoke Station circa 1915
(Picture courtesy of Basingstoke Willis Museum)
Basingstoke Station 2010
(Picture by Ian Francis)
Basingstoke Station 2012
(Picture by David Brace)
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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.
9th May 2018
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.
13th June 2018
The Severn Railway Bridge Disaster of1960
Alan Hayward FREng CEng FICE FIStructE describes the history of the Sharpness Bridge, the longest railway bridge in England, completed in 1879.Reference will be made to the mechanism of the disaster.
27th June 2018
River Kwai Railway - The True Story
Paul Whittle will cover the story of the railway's construction and examines the many differences between actual events and those portrayed in the famous film.
11th July 2018
David Brace will describe his experiences on a Geoff's Trains tour of 6 countries in Southern Africa last year. This will include visits to steam depots, "The Stars of Sandstone" festival and the power of the Garrett locos in Zimbabwe. Photos of African big game will also be included as a counterpoint to the railway theme.
For advanced notice during this year's programme, follow this link.
For advanced notice of next years programme, follow this link
To receive email notification before each meeting please send an email with subject "Subscribe" to Publicity@BDRS70D.com
Picture of the Month May 2018
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Photographed in Prague main station, Regiojet Vectron Class 193-205 on hire from European Locomotive Leasing gets a screenwash as Czech Railways Class 362 017-6 departs platform 2 during a BDRS organised trip in April 2018
Photograph by Andy Fewster.
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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.
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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.
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