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Basingstoke and District Model Engineering Society
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Public Rides

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The last two passengers take a ride on the final train of the day on a sunny summer afternoon.

Public hauling includes two laps of our track circuit where you will experience a non-stop run through the station at speed, with a total ride of just under 2000ft in length! Passenger carrying usually takes place between 11am and 4pm.

During a typical day we are usually able to offer rides behind live steam locomotives or electrically powered locomotives. The live steam locomotives are miniature versions of full size steam engines and burn coal and use water just like full size. The diesel outline locomotives are usually electrically powered, some with authentic sound effects fitted, but some diesel outline locomotives are petrol powered.

Public Running Dates 2024

Here's our plan for the year. There is always a chance of this changing so please check back here nearer the time of your planned visit.

We eventually got found a way to get the contactless reader working reliably (sorry about the waits), so we're happy to support payment by card or cash.

MarchSunday 31st11am to 4pm£1-50
AprilSaturday 13th and Sunday 14th Miniature Steam Gala10am to 4:30pm£2-00
MaySunday 5th11am to 4pm£1-50
JuneSunday 2nd11am to 4pm£1-50
JulySunday 7th11am to 4pm£1-50
AugustSunday 4th11am to 4pm£1-50
SeptemberSunday 1st11am to 4pm£1-50
OctoberSunday 6th11am to 4pm£1-50
Saturday 26th Halloween Run2pm to 8pm£2-00
DecemberSunday 1st

11am to 5pm


Rides are always subject to availability and the weather*. Very occasionally we have to amend dates, those shown above are as up to date as possible. Because of the time it takes to raise steam and cool our steam locomotives, these engines are often not available first thing in the morning or approximately an hour before the last train. Please note, our steam locomotives are powered by burning real coal and therefore there may be risks of smut or spark emissions**.


The use of phones, cameras and camcorders whilst riding on our trains is not permitted. Failure to comply can cause derailments due to passengers loosing their balance risking injury to themselves and other passengers.

*B&DMES cannot be held responsible for withdrawal of running services due to such circumstances.

**Riders do so at their own risk and should wear suitable clothing and/or protection.

Engines often "On Shed"