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 . Next Year's Programme when available will be here.


Typical membership is around 70, male and female, young and old, and our average meeting attendance is around the 35 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.

10th April 2024

The Arrival of Railways in Reading with Richard Marks

Richard returns with a talk with details of Reading's railways including the Hants and Berks line.


24th April 2024

The LMS Patriot Project - Aims and Progress with Colin Hall

The project is building a working Patriot class loco as a National Memorial Engine recreating a railway and heritage Remembrance link established after the Great War and scrapped in the1960s. Inspired by the Great War Centenaries of recent years, the loco will be named "The Unknown Warrior".


8th May 2024

Gosling's Galavants again in 2023

Another exciting year of Paul's travels.


22May 2024

The Ramblings of a Railwayman with Geoff Burch

Geoff returns after 12years with another talk detailing his early interest in railways, cleaner at Guildford Loco, then to passed firemen via the boilersmith's shop. Geoff worked on diverse types of loco until the final days of steam on the Southern when he was one of the crew on on one of the final steam workings from Guildford to Salisbury.




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Picture of the Month April 2024


During November 2022, GWR small prairie (2-6-2T) leaves Parkend on the Dean Forest Railway with a short demonstration branchline freight. 

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

Please Note:

The Society meets  twice monthly at the Wote Street Club. Meetings commence at 7.45pm.

Society Member's access to the archive is no longer available through the website. Any member requiring access to the archive should contact the society directly.


     Other Forthcoming Events





  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: 3rd April 2024
This site was created by the late Chris Cullingham and has
 been revised and maintained by Members of the Society