Basingstoke and District Railway Society – June 2024

Basingstoke & District Railway Society

Upcoming Talks

Our talks this month will take a look at recent significant change on the Great Western main lines and a current steam locomotive restoration project.

On Wednesday 12th June John Scragg will take examine Great Western Transformation 2010 – 2020, the decade when overhead electrification was installed on the main line from London Paddington to Bristol and South Wales, and on the line through Newbury, and the train fleet was extensively renewed.

On Wednesday 26th June we will hear from Ian Crowder, Marketing Director of Toddington Standard Locomotive Ltd, The Story of the Forgotten Standard. BR ‘Standard’ 2-6-0 No.76077, having been rescued from Barry Scrapyard, spent 30 years in hibernation before restoration began. Ian will review the life of this ‘pocket rocket’ and the restoration progress to date.

Our meetings are at 7.45pm at The Wote Street Club in New Road in Basingstoke town centre, RG21 7NG, which has a licenced bar and usually conclude by 10.00pm. Do join us for these meeting, either by becoming a Society member or as a visitor (at a cost of just £5). Membership details are on our website at or call the Secretary on 07837 320790.