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.


11th September 2019

Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Rev'd Alastair Wood steps in at short notice to replace Ian Bull who has had to cancel. Alastair presents a broad show of new material.


25th September 2019

LMS 10000 Project

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


9th October 2019

The KESR Then and Now

Doug Lindsay gives a talk on the history of the Kent and East Sussex Railway; who built it, the independent days, closure under nationalisation and the achievements during preservation


23rd October 2019

Tracks in the West

Colin Brading returns with a presentation to include The Swansea and Mumbles Tramway, Wantage Tramway, and the Weston Clevedon and Portishead Tramway.



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 Sept 2019


During a visit to south western Switzerland in June 2019, Class BDeh 2/4 Unit 302 of the Aigle-Leysin Railway prepares to leave from the transport interchange at Aigle main station. Shared with Swiss Federal Railways, the interchange also hosts the Aigle-Sépey-Diablerets Railway and the Aigle-Monthey-Champéry Railway. The 1500V dc metre gauge Aigle-Leysin Railway uses the Abt rack system to enable operation on 23% gradients encountered on the climb to Leysin.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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In Memoriam

The society is sad to report the passing of Bayard Arris after a lengthy period of ill health. Latterly familiar to most members sitting at the meeting entrance table selling donated railway magazines and videos, Bayard was a long serving member of the Society and an enthusiastic and well read supporter of the LMSR.

Bayard's funeral will be at the Basingstoke Crematorium on October 4th at 14.00. 


 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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Launched December 2009       Last updated: 2nd September 2019
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham
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