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.



11th July 2018

African Adventure

David Brace will describe his experiences on a Geoff's Trains tour of 6 countries in Southern Africa last year. This will include visits to steam depots, "The Stars of Sandstone" festival and the power of the Garrett locos in Zimbabwe. Photos of African big game will also be included as a counterpoint to the railway theme.


25th July 2018

Crossrail 2

Gavin Cambridge, the Local Consultation and Engagement Officer, will focus on the development journey of the Crossrail 2 scheme and the current public proposals.


8th August 2018

Steam in Bulgaria

David Plant talks about Bulgarian steam during a 2014 visit.


22nd August 2018

The Royal Arsenal Railway

Ian Bull gives a talk on this narrow gauge railway designed specifically for the Woolwich Arsenal. Operation of the railway ceased in 1971



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

The 2018 Programme 

For advanced notice of next years programme, follow this link

The 2019 Programme 


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Picture of the Month July 2018


With 7200hp available, a couple of Freightliner Class 86 locos, 86608 and 86638 head north at South Kenton with a Felixstowe to Trafford Park container train during June 2016. Since 2015, Freightliner is owned by Genesee and Wyoming. As the new logo propagates through the fleet, the familiar yellow and green colour scheme will disappear.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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The Committee is still trying  to secure tickets to visit the Fawley Hill Light Railway near Henley on Thames, Sunday 17 June is no longer available, however, and 2 September is the new date. Can those who had signed up for the June date let John Clark know their availability for 2 September as soon as possible please?

On Saturday 8 September a visit to the splendid Statfold Barn Railway ( near Nuneaton in Warwickshire is planned on one of the infrequent public open days. Guaranteed continuous action, a large museum collection and attractive gardens make for a super day.

Please contact John Clark or Tony Wright if you have not yet registered your interest in joining the Fawley Hill and Statfold Barn trips.


The Winchester City Heritage Open Days from 13th -16th September 2018 include a family tour of the Chesil Railway Tunnel. Checkout the following link


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.

The late David Cable

Ian Francis

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