March 27th 2020
David Brace presents his illustrated talk on "Coming of the Railway to Basingstoke’”
David describes 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 are covered as well as the three different stations.
The talk concludes with pictures of the motive power seen in the 1950s.