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   Forthcoming Meetings

Welcome to the Basingstoke & District Railway Society website. 

BDRS was formed in 1974 to provide entertaining lectures, films, illustrated talks and other matters concerning railways, including organised tours and journeys of railway and associated interest.

The Society meets twice monthly on Wednesday evenings between 19.45 and 22.00 in the comfortable surroundings of the Wote Street Club located in Basingstoke Town Centre. 

Follow this link for This Year's Programme and Next Year's Programme link (when available).

Follow this link to read Reviews of Recent Meetings.

Typical membership is around 80, male and female, young and old, and our average meeting attendance is around the 40 mark. Most of our meetings take the form of an illustrated presentation given by top quality speakers including some of our own members.

Archive and other Society material can be viewed using password access to the Memberís Area and, for the historians and those interested, Chris Tolley's 'A History of the Railways around Basingstoke' and a 21st century update by a long-standing Society member are accessible from our Local Railway History page.

Members pay an annual subscription plus a reduced admission fee at each meeting and enjoy many other benefits. Visitors are welcome at all our regular meetings on payment of an admission fee.

Our twice monthly evening meetings cover a variety of railway orientated subjects both at home and abroad. They embrace mainlines, branch lines and tram systems and include: passenger and freight traffic current and historical; broad, narrow and standard gauges; steam and modern traction; travel and photography; preserved and departed railways; infrastructure; and business and operational matters.

We are always pleased to hear from anyone who could give a railway-orientated presentation on any of these or related topics.

Learn more About Us including how to join by following this link.

To Find Us follow this link; to Contact Us follow this link or use the tab above.

Visit the Society and be welcomed.

9th August 2023

Britain's Railways During World War 2 with Richard Marks

Industrial and railway historian Richard Marks explores the impact of WW2 upon Britain's railways.and the important role played in achieving victory. Discover the work done in works across the country and the impact of Luftwaffe operations on the railways. The talk will also look at the legacy of the Victorian railway builders upon the railway war effort.


23rd August 2023

That Was the Year That Was. 1966 with Geoff Plumb

Geoff returns with another series presentation, this time discussing 1966.


13th September 2023

In the Land of the Gods Exploring Eritrea plus Darjeeling Update with Paul Whittle

Paul returns with a talk on this troubled country to include a spectacular train ride from the Red Sea port of Masswa to the capital Asmara, 7000ft above sea level. An update on the Darjeeling Railway follows the break.


27th September 2023

Manchester Area Railways with Rev'd Alastair Wood

Alastair returns to give a presentation on Manchester's railways of 60s, 70s and 80s.





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Picture of the Month September 2023


During July 2023, Stroudley A1X 0-6-0T W11 "Newport" passes Apsey Station on the Isle of Wight steam railway with a mixed LCDR and LBSCR 4-wheel coach set.


Photograph by Andy Fewster.

Please Note:

We are happy to confirme that the Society has resumed twice monthly meetings at the Wote Street Club. Meetings commence at 7.45pm.

The Wote Street Club requires all attendees to be double vaccinated against Coronavirus, and be able to demonstrate proof of vaccination, or appropriate exemption. Mask wearing is not required.


  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 & Modern Traction Railtours  Information website 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 in-town model shop. Click here for the link to their website.

Hampshire Models , Basingstoke's out of town 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

  Website   Design and Maintenance
Launched December 2009       Last updated: 1st September 2023
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham and has
 been revised and maintained by Members of the Society