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.


9th August 2017

An (Incomplete) A to Z of Pre-Grouping Railway Picture Postcards

John Hollands returns with a new selection of century or more of old images from his collection, this time arranged alphabetically by company, country or subject.


23rd August 2017

South Africa

Norman Hogg will show a selection of videos taken over the last 20years.


13th September 2017

150 Years of the London Underground

Barry LeJeune, Chairman of the LT Museum Friends gives us a talk on 150 years of the London Underground System 


27th September 2017

Annual Photographic Competition

David Brace comperes the annual photographic competition when members submit their rail related photographs for judgement by the meeting attendees.  


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Picture of the Month August 2017



Class 66011 and Class 66116 top and tail the Hertfordshire Railtours' "The Valley Legend" at the newish Ebbw Vale Town station on Sunday 30th July 2017. Note the change of gradient from 1 in 55 to level at the back of the train. Several society members and friends enjoyed a day of train travel, conversation, food and drink.


Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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



Peter Tran

We are saddened to report the sudden passing of Peter Tran. He was a popular, longstanding member who contributed much to the society over the years. We extend our sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.

Peter's funeral will be held at the Basingstoke Crematorium on the 23rd August at 2pm. 






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


Berndt Seiler of FarRail Tours has sent details of a photographic tour planned for narrow gauge steam in Romania during October 2017.

Romania Link

Contact FarRail Tours directly for booking arrangements.



  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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Launched December 2009       Last updated: 10th August 2017
This site was created by the late Chris Cullingham
and is now maintained by Members of the Society