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.


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.


11th September 2019

The Royal Arsenal Railway Part 2

Ian Bull returns to continue his talk on the railway which was specifically designed for Woolwich and finally ceased in 1971. Part 2 talks about the considerable standard gauge, from some of the smallest British Railway equipment to the very largest and heaviest.


25th September 2019

LMS 10000 Project

Mark Walker from the Ivatt Diesel Re-Creation Society gives a presentation on the buildiing of the replica LMS diesel locomotive no 10000



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 August 2019


During a visit to Doncaster station in June 2016, a newly out-shopped pair of Railway Operations Group Class 37884 and Class 37800 head towards Doncaster Decoy Yard. The freshly produced striking livery suits the Class 37 outline very well.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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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   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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Launched December 2009       Last updated: 1st August 2019
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham
and is now maintained by Members of the Society