Basingstoke Station circa 1915
(Picture courtesy of Basingstoke Willis Museum)
Basingstoke Station 2010
(Picture by Ian Francis)
Basingstoke Station 2012
(Picture by David Brace)
& 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.
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.
13th October 2021
The 9th Colour-Rail Journey
Paul Chancellor returns to give another Colour-Rail presentation showing the latest additions to their huge collection.
27th October 2021
Basingstoke to Sicily by Train
David and Sandra Brace's journey across Europe by train during 2018.
10th November 2021
Building the Direct Line Lymington Junc to Christchurch 1884 to 1888
Philip Benstead offers a tale of self-interest, optimism, naivety, fraud, bankruptcy, incompetence, arrogance, violent deaths, royalty and religion, with congratulations to the non-participants and ignorance of the achievers. What should have been a straightforward construction of just 10 miles proved to be "the most difficult of lines". Philip's research goes some way to explaining the debacle.
To receive email notification before each meeting please send an email with subject "Subscribe" to: Publicity@BDRS70D.com
Picture of the Month October 2021
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During 17th June 2021, Colas 66847 and 66848 on 0V27 Eastleigh East Yard to Hinksey Sidngs pass Basingstoke Platform 4.
Photograph by Andy Fewster.
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We are happy to announce that the Society will resume twice monthly meetings at the Wote Street Club on Wednesday 22nd September at 19.45.
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.
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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.
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