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.

8th January 2020

Secret Siberia, Darjeeling and Japan

 Paul Whittle, who gave us his River Kwai presentation returns to give a talk on an epic rail journey across the vast region of Siberia. The second half will present details of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society, and the Kyoto Railway Museum in Japan.


22nd January 2020

AGM followed by Railway Postcards Continued with John Hollands


29th January 2020

Annual Society Dinner 


12th February 2020

The Future of Rail Freight

Maggie Simpson will discuss the often overlooked role of our railways in moving goods. Yet they play a majour role in the UK freight transportation. What are the trends, opportunities and challenges for rail freight on today's crowded network



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

T he 2020 Programme




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Picture of the Month January 2020


Ex Maine Central GP35 No 252 is seen at at Fabyan Station, close by Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, running around it's train before returning to Conway. The loco powered the last freight train through Crawford Notch in September 1983.

Photograph by Brian Ames.

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




Annual Society Dinner

Places are still available for the Society annual dinner at the BCOT restaurant  on Wednesday January 2020 at 06.30pm for 07.00pm.

Pre-booking is essential from the menu shown in the December 2019 newsletter. Cost is 22.00 / head excluding drinks. For more information, contact Walter Stamper, Iain Henshaw or Tony Wright. 

Alternatively email



 Member's Area   Other Forthcoming Events

Members can view archive and other Society material with password a*ccess 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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his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham
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