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)

Train Service Cancelled Thursday 1st September 2016

Due to a lack of available volunteers, there will be no train service on Thursday 1st September 2016. Trains will run again normally on Friday 2nd September 2016.

The Ruislip Lido Railway is sorry for the disappointment this may cause if you planned to have a train ride on this day.

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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