About Us

 Subscription and Fees (2020 rates)

 Annual Subscription

Adult Membership   £7.00

Junior Membership (under 16)   £3.50

Membership fees cover the calendar year from 1 January and are payable on 1 February (preferably by cheque). Annual fees for Members joining on or after 1 October cover the whole of the following year.

Meeting Admission Fees

Members   £3.00

Junior Members (adult accompanied)   £1.50

Visitors   £5.00

Note that Basingstoke’s Central Car Park, adjacent to the Wote Street Club, charges £2.40 from 7:00 pm valid until 8:00 am the following morning. The Ringo Parking App ID is 1901.


 Benefits of Membership

In addition to the twenty four evening meetings throughout the year Members enjoy the following additional benefits:

            A free monthly Newsletter. Follow this link for details.

Annual Trips both in the UK with member's car-share an option and a European railway orientated long weekend.

An annual Society dinner for members and their partners.

Railway books available as raffle prizes and to purchase.

A Photographic Competition - for the Steve Sachse Memorial Shield.


 Our 70D Logo

In the 20th Century Basingstoke was one of three main steam locomotive sheds in Hampshire and was one of the main sheds in the London Division of the South-Western Section of the Southern Region. From nationalisation in 1948 all steam locomotive sheds were allocated an identity code based on the system used by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, Being a major sub-shed of Nine Elms, code 70A, Basingstoke's identity was 70D. Although Basingstoke shed closed in September 1973 the Society adopted the 70D image as its logo early in 2007.



The Society is governed by a set of established rules and is managed by annually elected officers and committee members. The officers are the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Other Committee Members fulfil the roles of Programme Organiser, Newsletter Editor, Trips Officer, Overseas Tour Co-ordinator, Raffle Organiser, Membership Secretary, Publicity Officer, Website Coordinator and Information Technology Advisor. In addition the Society has an Honorary Auditor.

This links to the Society Rules which are also available on the reverse of the Membership Application Form.


 Society History

The Society can attribute its existence to the main line “Return to Steam” run of Merchant Navy Pacific No 35028 “Clan Line” from Basingstoke to Westbury on Saturday 27 April 1974. This resulted in a letter (headed “Trains”), being published in the Basingstoke Gazette on Friday 3 May 1974.


 How to Join

Come along to a meeting, if you like what you see ask for a Membership Application Form from the Membership Secretary (who normally collects the meeting admission fees at each meeting) or click the link to download a Membership Application Form, print it off and bring it along to a next Society meeting. Hand the completed form to the Membership Secretary, together with cash or cheque for the appropriate annual subscription. Alternatively, enclosing a cheque (no cash please), post the form directly to the Membership Secretary at the address given on the form.