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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New turntable at Willow Lawn
The more eagle eyed of our travellers will have noticed that we have mostly been operating with an engine at each end of our trains during the last 7 weeks while our old life expired turntable at Willow Lawn Station was removed and replaced with a brand new one.
As the original concrete base was not as level as we'd have liked it to be since it was first laid, we decided that digging it up and replacing with a new concrete bed was the proper and right solution. The curing time for the concrete is why it took a long time to complete the job but as of Sunday 17th May the first locomotives have used the new turntable with no problems and we look forward to it providing us with many years of good service. We can also go back to delighting the hundreds of children who enjoy watching the locomotive being turn ready to go back on the other end of the train.
The project doesn't just end there though as over the course of the rest of this year we will be relaying our loading/unloading track and tidying/landscaping the whole area around the turntable to make it more appealing for everyone to look at!