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.


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.


6th November 2019

Photographic Competition

David Brace will host the annual society photographic competition. Details are to be found in the current newsletter. Membership entries should be submitted by Sunday 27th October 2019.


20th November 2019

50 Years of Continental Steam

Ian Foot started his travels abroad in 1968 and has since visited many interesting places in 21 countries photographing steam in action. The presentation is in alphabetic order beginning with Austria, through Jordan, and finishing in West Germany. What lies in between? Come along and see!



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 October 2019


During 18th August 2019, BRWC Type 3 #D6515 (ex 33012), owned by the 71A loco group, leads the London Underground maroon 4TC set with the return UK Railtours Sunday Swanage Special No 4. GB Railfreight Class 73107 is propelling on the rear. 6 members of the society and their wives enjoyed a relaxing day trip to Swanage, incorporating travel on the Swanage extension from Worgret Junc to Norden.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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




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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