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||LOCK-DOWN TRANSPORT ENTERTAINMENT|
& District Railway Society
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.
PHYSICAL MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
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.
With no future meetings to advertise currently in this spot, the following YouTube Transport links are suggested to help entertain and inform. Our member's interests range across many transport modes, and these will be reflected here.
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Westbury Freight with various locos.
Ship's Masters Order, Ship's Pilots Advise.
Triumph Dolomite Sports Car Story
To receive email notification before each meeting please send an email with subject "Subscribe" to: Publicity@BDRS70D.com
Picture of the Month June 2021
|STOP PRESS NEWS|
During 6th May 2021, Locomotive Services "Blue Pullman" makes a splendid sight as it passes Worting Junction with 5Z37 Eastleigh to Crewe empty stock move. The Nanking Blue and White livery celebrates the MetroVick sets for BR that formed the Midland Pullman service during the early sixties and seventies. Class 43055 and 43046 power a set of updated MK3 passenger stock, providing a first class passenger experience.
Photograph by Andy Fewster.
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Given the current advice on the Coronavirus Pandemic, and the subsequent closure of the Society's meeting venue, the Wote Street Club, there will be no Society meetings until further notice. The membership will be notified as soon as possible if the situation changes.
In the meantime the committee extends its best wishes to all the members of the society.
|Member's Area||Other Forthcoming Events|
|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.|
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