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.


24th April 2019

"I Moved it My Way"

Andrew Goodman, MD of Moveright International, gives a collection of stories and anecdotes, accompanied by slides, of moving large loads over the last 30 years.


8th May 2019

Railways Around World War 2 1937-1945

Robin Mathams is joint curator of the Sutton Coldfield Railway Society's collection of 1900 photographs of British railways taken by Percy Moseley from 1913 to 1970. Tonight's presentation is of his photographs taken between 1937 and 1945, including the few he took during the dark days of WW2. The presentation includes locomotives and trains of all the "Big Four" railway companies.


22nd May 2019

Twenty Years of Cuba

Richard Coghlan, a fairly recent new club member, presents photographs of his almost annual trips to Cuba since 1966. The evening includes digitised slides of the deteriorating railway scene, plus a few museums with working steam, and views of Cuban life.

12th June 2019

The Railway Navvies; Their Finest Hour

Building the Crimea Railway

Judy and Chris Rowse use contemporary sources and illustrations to tell the story of two patriotic and well organised railway contractors and their navvies who came to the rescue of the British Army bogged down in the Crimea. In the spring of 1855 they built a line from coast to Sevastopol in just three months.



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The 2019 Programme 

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The 2020 Programme 


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Picture of the Month April 2019


A wet and windy LSWR locomotive lineup at Horsted Keynes during the Bluebell's Branchline Weekend of March 15th-17th 2019.The IOW's 02 0-4-4T No 24 is alongside the recently repainted Adams Radial 4-4-0T No 301583 and B4 0-4-0T No 30096.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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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   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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