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)

2019 Timetable Now Online

We have just uploaded our 2019 running days and times to our Timetable & Fares page.  We have a number of events planned this year including The Easter Eggspress Trains, a 40th Anniversary weekend event and our ever popular Santa Special Trains. 

Further details of these events will appear on the events page once we have finalised them and our 2019 leaflet will be available at the railway during February. 


On Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018 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 possible our Turntable Tearoom will be open for refreshments.  Public toilets will also be available.


Mayor of Hillingdon officially opens Woody Bay Works

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018, we welcomed the Mayor of Hillingdon, the Leader of Hillingdon Council and other dignitaries to the railway for the official opening of our new workshop at Woody Bay. You can view the video HERE. Many thanks to Hillingdon Council for all their support with the project.

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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