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.
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Weds 12th, Tues 18th and Weds 19th - NO SERVICE
Due to lack of available volunteer train crew, we regret to announce that there will be no trains operating all day, on Wednesday 12, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th August.
We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
You can help us avoid these occasions, by becoming a volunteer member and joining our team of ticket officers, drivers and guards. Interested? Click here for details.
TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ Winner
The Ruislip Lido Railway is delighted to have been selected as a winner of the TripAdvisor travel site 'Certificate of Excellence' award. This is issued to those attractions consistently receiving good reviews (higher than four stars out of five) on the site, and reflects well on the tireless efforts of the volunteers who dedicate their time to keep the railway running. Many thanks to all those who enjoy travelling on the railway and took the time to leave such favourable reviews on the site.