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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Service Alteration - Wednesday 27th August
Please note that on Wednesday 27th August the 12.20 & 13.00 trains from Woody Bay Station and the 12.40 & 13.20 trains from Willow Lawn Station will not run. All other timetabled trains will run as normal.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
Visiting in August?
Are you planning on visiting us during August? If so, please click here to see the days we are running.
We are doing everything we can within our power to operate the railway every day during the summer holidays. However due to a shortage of volunteers, this may not always be possible. We are only advertising dates at present we know we have volunteers to run the railway.
Do you ever find yourself at a loose end? Trying to think of a new hobby to take up? Then why not consider joining our railway, and you could become part of the train crew! Or if you don't fancy operating the trains, we need volunteers helping in our Shop, Tea Room, track maintenance department and workshop. If you would like to find out more, please click here.