January 29th 2021 ( this was an on-line presentation via Zoom)
David Brace presented his illustrated talk on “Coming of the Railway to Basingstoke”
David described the first main line from London to Southampton from its initial Act in 1834, and followed by the arrival of the Great Western from Reading. Three other lines were built in the pre-World War 1 period of some 60 years. These including the extension of the LSWR westwards to Salisbury, the Basingstoke & Alton Light Railway and the private railway to serve the mental hospital north of the railway.
The widening of the line to 4 tracks, the building of the third station and the building of the Battledown Flyover were covered as well as the three different stations.
The talk concluded with pictures of the motive power seen in the 1950s
The meeting was well attended and members appreciated the detailed coverage of the rail history of the area.
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