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 here, and Next Year's Programme link here.

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.

8th November 2023

Turkey with Peter Robins.

Turkey was a steam enthusiasts paradise between 1978 to 1983 as locos frommore than 20 classes were used throughout much of the country. The presentation covers manysteam operationsnincluding suburban services around Izmir in the west, heavy freight in the Euphrates Gorge in the east, and American built locos along the Black Sea coast in the north. Working 8Fs are included.


22nd November 2023

Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway with Richard Coghlan.

Member Richard gives a presentation of black and white photos on this long lost line.


6th December 2023

More Ian's Travels with Ian Francis

Pictures and commentary from society member Ian's travels around the UK in 2019 and 2020 and a visit to New South Wales in Australia.


20th December 2023

Railway Roundabout Films and Christmas Buffet

A selection of Railway Roundabout DVDs from 1958 & 1959.Topics include Welsh Valleys, The Bristolian, Cardigan Branch, Fishguard Harbour , Irish Narrow Gauge, Lickey Incline, Hayling Island, Halesowen-Longbrige, Southampton Docks, Lyme Regis Branch, Tavistock, Perth, Barmouth & Welshpool, Newcastle & York, Cromford & High Peak and others. Phew!




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Picture of the Month November 2023


During a September trip to Colorado, your correspondent enjoyed two days travelling upon and photographing the Durango and Silverton heritage railway. Seen passing through Rockwood is #482, one of nine remaining Baldwin K36 class 2-8-2 locomotives dating from 1925.


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: 2nd November 2023
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham and has
 been revised and maintained by Members of the Society