Ruislip Lido Railway



The pleasant journey takes you around the lake at Ruislip Lido, with the line weaving its way through the ancient Ruislip Woods. There are two main stations on the line where passengers can start and finish their journey. Woody Bay station is beside the beach & children’s splash pad, and it is the oldest terminus on the line. The other station is Willow Lawn station, located next to the car park and nearby the ‘Waters Edge’ pub & carvery. At Willow Lawn station, passengers can observe the locomotive being turned on the turntable, before the train heads back to Woody Bay.

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)


The Ruislip Lido Railway is now closed and will re-open again on Saturday 11th February.  Our timetable page has been updated with the running dates for this year with the exception of October, November & December so keep an eye on this website for the latest information.  

This doesn't mean that there will be no activity as our very own "Orange Army" will be carrying out essential maintenance and track work during this period.  Look out for updates on their progress by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Our Turntable Tearoom at Willow Lawn Station will still be open on Sundays throughout the closure providing hot drinks and a variety of snacks to keep the cold at bay so please do drop in.....  


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

 Thank you to everyone who came to visit us for a ride in 2016 we hope you all enjoyed your time with us.

From all of us at the Ruislip Lido Railway, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Santa Specials 2016 - ALL SEATS NOW SOLD OUT!

That's it folks! Due to unprecedented demand this year, the last few seats have just been sold for the 2016 Santa Specials and the event is now SOLD OUT.

There will be no tickets available to purchase on the day at the ticket office.

Stargazing returns to Ruislip Lido in 2016

The West of London Astronomical Society will once again visit Ruislip Lido to hold their popular public observing sessions on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October 2016 between 7pm & 9pm in the Willow Lawn car park.  Admission is FREE and all are welcome.

Our very own Willow Lawn Tearoom will also be open each evening serving a selection of hot & cold drinks and a variety of snacks for anyone who wishes to purchase them.

The event is weather dependant and the session will be cancelled if visibility is poor but you can check nearer the time and get more information by clicking HERE. 


Searching the RLR on TfL

If you are trying to search for a journey on the RLR using the TfL Planner tool, then read on! There has been some changes made to the planner in recent months, which means our three stations now do not come up as suggestions. But they are still there, along with all of our timetabled trains. To make the tool work, you MUST type in "Ruislip Common" as the origin, destination or via point but DO NOT select the suggested Ruislip Common that appears in the drop down. Just type it in, then plan your journey. On the next page, the planner will ask you which one you want... And down at the bottom, are our stations:

Once you've done this, you can plan interchanges with our trains (when we are running of course!) and plan your drop off at London's least used and possibly London's only request station, Haste Hill (trains only drop off at Haste Hill from Woody Bay).

'Riding the Ruislip Lido Railway' video

The 'Londonist' video about the RLR is now live! To view it, please click HERE (opens a new YouTube page).

Geoff & Tim visit the RLR


Yesterday (30/07/16), we welcomed ‘Londonist’ Video Producer (and two-time Guinness World Record Holder for travelling to all London Underground stations in the fastest time possible) ‘Geoff Marshall’ and ‘Tim Dunn’, one of the presenters of the recent BBC Four programme ‘Trainspotting Live’ to the RLR. The duo spent the day filming all parts of the railway with us, to create a mini 4-5 minute documentary on the railway, focusing on encouraging more volunteers to join us. We look forward to seeing the finished video and will post it here when it is available. But if you have some free time and are looking for a new hobby, why wait for the video? Get in touch with us to see how you can help us keep our railway running today!


I am delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, the Ruislip Lido Railway has been awarded the annual TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award. The ‘Certificate of Excellence’ accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Thank you for all your kind reviews.

Matthew Streeton
RLR Marketing Manager

2016 Events


Head over to our 'Events' page to find out about our upcoming special events:

Open Day: Sunday 8th May

Teddy Bears Picnic: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May

Santa Specials: Sunday 4th, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December

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