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.



14th March 2018

Dispersal from Dunkirk

Peter Tatlow, whose previous talk was on the Harrow & Wealdstone disaster, returns to tell of the events of the summer of 1940 when over a third of a million men were landed in SE England during 10 days. Peter, whose father was one of these rescued, will how the railways organised "on the hoof" to effect the dispersal of the troops to rest camps, leave and re-assembly to meet the threatened invasion., 


28th March 2018

Mulhouse Meanderings

Richard Green returns to entertain and report the society's 2017 European trip with commentary and photos 


11th April 2018

Rambling Railwayman's Recollection

Geoff Burch returns for a third time to continue with his transfer to Woking as second man. His narrative follows his working life at Effingham Junc, Woking,Waterloo Training School before becoming Training Design Manager with South West Trains.


25th April 2018

Railway, Dock and Canal Policing

Steve Beamon BA from the British Transport Police History Unit gives a talk on British Transport policing from 1948 to the present day.


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

The 2018 Programme 

As the programme develops, the link will be updated.


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Picture of the Month March 2018



Brrr! Andermatt Station and environs during late Decembe 2017. Photographed from an eastbound Glacier Express train climbing on the rack section high above.

Photograph by David 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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Launched December 2009       Last updated: 4th March 2018
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham
and is now maintained by Members of the Society