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 Member’s 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.

11th May 2022

Paris Suburban Railway System with Mike Bunn

Mike returns with a presentation describing the Paris Suburban Railway System.

Note a 19:30 start time.


25th May 2022

Beer by Rail 1830 - 1914 with Dr David Turne

This presentation discusses the nature of beer traffic on the Victorian and Edwardian railway and examines the challenge from road  haulage just before WW1


8th June 2022

South of Ireland to the end of Steam 1957 to 1963 with Leslie McAllister

Leslie present colour images taken by his frien the late Lance King. A taented photographer, Lance left a fine record of steam in the Dublin area and branches such as Kenmare, Loughrea, Ballaghadareen, Edenderry, Tullow, Clara, Banagher and Youghal. Steam and diesels on the Cork, Bandon & South Coast Railway are features, as is the last "Bandon Tank" railtour. Early days of silver and “black and tan” liveried diesels conclude the period.. 





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Picture of the Month May 2022


During May 10th 2022, a quintet of heritage diesels slows for a stop at Basingstoke platform 4 during the journey from Swanage to Kidderminster. An immaculate Class 33012 leads Class 31128, Class 37703, Class 44004 and Class 46045 on 0Z33. The weather of course turned dull and wet to challenge enthusiasts and their camera technique.

Photograph by Andy Fewster.

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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 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: 10th May 2022
his site was created by the late Chris Cullingham and has
 been revised and maintained by Members of the Society