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.



10th January 2018

Prince of Wales - Britain's Most Powerful Steam Locomotive.

Chris Ardy from the P2 Steam Locomotive Company gives a talk on the building of the 7th member of the P2 class Gresley locomotive.


24th January 2018

AGM followed by Chasing China Steam Pt 2.

Andy Fewster will complete his presentation of recent steam in China.


14th February 2018

Railways of the Raj

Writer and broadcaster ChristianWolmar returns to give a talk based upon his recently published book on Britain, India and Empire


28th February 2018

The Settle and Carlisle Railway

John Harrison presents the story of England's most spectacular main line railway. The talk offers glimpses of the line's past and recent history gathered over many years, the magnificent surroundings, and looks at the construction of the line's spectacular viaducts.


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

The 2018 Programme 

As the programme develops, the link will be updated.


To receive email notification before each meeting please send an email with subject "Subscribe" to



Picture of the Month January 2018



A Zimbabwe Railways Garrett heads across the Victoria Falls Bridge at dawn during a trip to the country in April 2017. Winner of the steam photograph section of last year's society photo competition.


Photograph by Sandra 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   

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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