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 these links for This Year's Programme and Next Year's Programme .

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.

8th June 2022

Private & Commercial Rail Themed Films with Ian Clare

Member Ian Clare will step in at short notice to replace covid stricken Leslie McAllister. Leslie will return at a future date.

 

22nd June 2022

Railway Accidents with Mike Webber

The history of railway accidents from the earliest days to the present, focusing on how investigations of the causes led to improvements & systems of working so that one of the safest places to to travel is a British railways carriage.

 

13th July 2022

In Search of Big Steam in Spain 1963 with Mike Swift

A new subject for the club. 150 slides of Spanish Steam in 1963 and a few beyond.

 

27th July 2022

Delivering the Elizabeth Line with Richard Storer

Crossrail's Community Relations Manager gives a talk on the construction, and problems encountered. Future plans will also be outlined.  

 

 

 

To receive email notification before each meeting please send an email with subject "Subscribe" to:   Publicity@BDRS70D.com

 

Picture of the Month June 2022

 STOP PRESS NEWS

During 22nd April, GBRF Class 69004 heads south on the fast line at Worting Junction with 4Y19, the Mountfield Sidings to Southampton West Docks empty gysum train. The wagons were free of disfiguring graffiti for a change. The loco is outshopped in retro BR Rail Research livery to celebrate GBRF operation at RIDC Melton.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

Why not enter your picture for next month?  eMail your image to: web@bdrs70d.com

Please Note:

Leslie McAllister's Southern Ireland presentation is postponed because of covid. See revised schedule above.

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 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 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: 3rd June 2022
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham and has
 been revised and maintained by Members of the Society