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 Willow Lawn 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)
Santa Shuttles - online allocation sold out!
The online allocation of seats for our Santa Shuttles this weekend has now sold out. There will be a very few seats available on each train that you can purchase in person from the ticket office at Willow Lawn Station on the day but these will be on a strictly first come first sevred basis and as this is an extremely popular event, there is no guarantee that we can accomoadate you. The ticket office will be open from 11.00am on both days.
Please also note that this is an outdoor event and you should dress accordingly with due regard to the weather conditions on the day.
Santa Shuttles 2014 - BOOKING OPEN! **MORE SEATS ADDED**
Online booking has now opened for our Santa Shuttles 2014 Christmas event this year at the railway.
Due to popular demand we have added more seats on each day including an earlier and later departure time. We expect these to sell very quickly so hurry and book your seat today!
To meet Santa and to book your tickets, please click HERE.
Another piece of the railway consigned to the history books
If you've ever walked the path round the lido you may have come across a piece of our track that comes out of our railway through a gate into the public area near Woody Bay. This was for many years our Ballast Siding, so called because its where we used to have deliveries of fresh stone dropped which we use to maintain our track. In the last few years it has seen very little use as we now cannot get large lorries round to that area for deliveries and all materials now come in at Willow Lawn Station which has much better access.
A decision had to be made about spending money on maintaining the points that lead into the siding and it was considered un-economic considering the little use it gets. The last train used the Ballast Siding yesterday (14th September) as a final fairwell and various members posed for photographs beside locomotive Lady of the Lakes. The final nail in the coffin for the siding was hammered home at 5pm when the job was finished with the siding removed and the points replaced with plain line.