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)


On Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017 from 6-8pm, the West of London Astronomical Society will be holding their next observing session at the Lido.

The half Moon will be on view so you can study its craters as if you were flying over the surface!  We'll also be able to see the famous Seven Sisters star cluster, the Ring Nebula and  maybe even the Andromeda Galaxy, 2½ million light years away. 

In the event of poor weather the event will be cancelled, but please check the home page of the WOLAS website ( on the night if you are unsure.  On nights where observing is possoble the Turntable Tearoom will be open for refreshments.  Public toilets will also be available.


Santa Specials 2017 - 16th & 17th December

Tickets for the 16th & 17th December are now on sale

Santa Specials 2017 - BOOKING NOW OPEN

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Online booking has now opened for our Santa Specials 2017 Christmas event this year at the railway.

To meet Santa and to book your tickets, please click HERE.

Please note, only tickets for the 3rd & 10th December are available at the moment. Tickets for the 16th & 17th December will be available from mid October (we are just sorting out some details for these two dates).


As of Monday 12th June 2017, the London Borough of Hillingdon (LBH) have introduced changes to the two car parks at Ruislip Lido. Except for visitors to the Waters Edge restaurant, blue badge holders and holders of ‘HillingdonFirst’ cards, all other cars using the main car park (the one at the end of the road on the left) must now purchase a car parking ticket from the Pay & Display machines.

For full details, please visit the LBH’s Ruislip Lido page here:

Please note, the Ruislip Lido Railway is not responsible for the Lido car parks, and all queries relating to car parking should be directed to the London Borough of Hillingdon.

2017 Special Events


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

Easter Eggspress: Sunday 16th and Monday 17th April

Open Day: Sunday 7th May

Santa Specials: Sunday 3rd, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December

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).

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