The Ruislip Lido Railway is a 12 inch gauge railway operated entirely by volunteers. The line runs through the woodlands skirting the lake from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Ruislip Lido (Waters Edge) Station which is close to the car park. Here you can watch the loco being turned on the turntable ready for the return journey. The two and a half mile round trip takes about 35 minutes.
All our trains are wheelchair, pushchair and buggy friendly. The service is normally operated by one of our large diesel locomotives. On weekends and Bank Holidays, our steam locomotive 'Mad Bess', which is a half scale version of the Ffestiniog Railway locomotive 'Blanche', may pull the train.
Latest News (most recent at the top)
Sunday 8th December - Amended Timetable
Due to the fireworks event to celebrate the completion of the Lido Enhancement Project starting at 5pm, we have amended our Green timetable slightly as the Woody Bay area will be closed from 3pm to allow for set up and the event itself.
As a result there will be an extra 11.40 departure from Woody Bay Station and 12.00 return from Ruislip Lido Station.
Trains will then run at the advertised times until the last train will of the day which will be 15.00 from Woody Bay Station and this will be a single journey only as the train will have to come back empty from Ruislip Lido Station.
Santa Shuttles - Saturday 7th December
The big day has arrived and our the first of Santa Shuttle dates is tomorrow Saturday 7th December!
For those of you that have already booked online, we look forward to welcoming you and your family. All children will get a small present and have the chance to see the big man himself, ask him what they want for Christmas and pose for a picture. We haven't left the adults out either, as they will be given a drinks voucher to claim their FREE hot drink and warm themselves up in the comfort of San Remo's Cafe at the beach.
Our newly opened Turntable Tea Room will be available for you to wait in the warm for your train while at Woody Bay the Railway Shop will be open where Mrs Christmas will be waiting to spread her christmas magic and looking after our face painter Penny, so do go and say hello to them.
Sadly if you have not booked online already for the 7th its too late, but don't worry as tickets for a Santa Shuttle ride with all the trimmings will be available on the day from either of our ticket offices!
A special message from Mrs Christmas:
Hello everyone :) It's very kind of that nice young man who looks after the website to allow me to chat to you all.
Once again I shall be at the railway on each of the days Santa will be there. I've trained up some elves and a fairy to hand out the presents correctly so you will find me in the Railway Shop....... Just along from the ticket office at
I won't be on my own though... We are going to have a face painting artist keeping me company on Sat 7th and Sun 22nd. I wonder if she can make me look 100 years younger!
Please drop in and say hello.... And if there is something really special you want for Christmas then you can have a word in my ear and I'll speak to Santa.
Looking forward to meeting you all again, especially the babies who will have grown so much since last year.
Mrs Christmas x
Santa Shuttles 2013 - BOOKING NOW OPEN
Online booking has now OPENED for our Santa Shuttle Christmas event this year at the railway. To meet Santa and to book your tickets, please click HERE.
Join now to help keep Ruislip Lido Railway running!
Since 1979 the Society has operated, developed and maintained the Ruislip Lido Railway. Our progress however has created the continual need for more volunteers. Whether you want to Guard or Drive our trains, work with our team of engineers in our workshop or help in our busy Shop and Tea Room, there certainly is a job for everyone!
No formal qualifications are needed as all training is given. If you think you can spare some time to help keep the railway running we would like to hear from you. For more information Click Here