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.


13th February 2019

Gresley to Tornado

Alan Hayward links the history of Gresley's first pacific loco "Great Northern" No1470 through Thompson's rebuild of Great Northern into A1/1 to Peppercorn's final A1 development. The main achievements of the 3 LNER CMEs Gresley, Thompson and Peppercorn will be covered.


27th February 2019

The First Fifty(Four) Years of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

Leslie McAllister will describe how the RSPI has grown from humble beginnings in 1964 into a 1000 member organistion with its own engineering facilities keeping typically three locomotives running  dozens of trips on the mainline as well as a museum at Whitehead in Northern Ireleand


13th March 2019

Six Decades of Chasing Trains

For over 50 years from the age of 5 the Rev'd Alastair Wood has been photographing trains, initially with his father. Capturing the last years of steam and everything else since then, and collecting other work with sole right to use, the collection will generate many memory recollections. Alastair's self penned and fully illustrated railway folk songs will ensure an evening with a difference.


27th March 2019

Dresden Delights

Richard Green presents the story of the Society's 2018 European trip with photographic contributions from all 


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The 2019 Programme 

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The 2020 Programme 


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Picture of the Month February 2019


"Marie", one of the three motor coaches on the Mont Blanc Tramway is seen descending during winter 2018. Opened fully by 1914, the line is 7.7miles long and has a rail gauge of 1metre. It is a rack and adhesion railway, using the Strub design to overcome a height difference of 5,879ft.  

Photograph by Brian Armes.

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




Society Book Sale

During the year, a new stock of books donated by Society member Bayard Arriss will be available for sale.


A Nostalgic Look at Railways from 1960's to Today

St Johns Church Hall Trowbridge 1st March 2019 at 7.00pm

The Rev Alastair Wood will present a nostalgic look at railways via his Five Decades of Stunning Photographs and performance of his self-penned Folk Songs. 

Starting at 7.00pm the audience will enjoy a hot meal with Beer and Wine, travel around the country in pictures and songs, browse the bookshop, and return in style.

St Johns Church Hall is located in Church Lane (off Frome Rd) in Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 0EH. 

Tickets are 8 for the evening and may be reserved by contacting Alastair on 

01225 754047 or


 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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