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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RLR Open Day - Sunday 10th May
Our popular Railway Open Day returns this year on Sunday 10th May from 11am to 5pm.
Our workshop and yard area will be open to the public with various dipslays and your chance to talk to our volunteers about how the railway is run behind the scenes. Any locomotives not in use on the intensive service will also be in the yard for kids to look at and sit in.
Also on this day is the Ruislip Woodland Festival at Willow Lawn with its own exciting attractions (see seperate Council publicity) making it a great day to visit the Lido as there will be plenty to see and do!
Easter Eggspress Success!
Over 700 passengers enjoyed a ride on our Easter Eggspress trains that ran over Easter Sunday & Monday. Every Easter train passenger got to meet the Easter Bunny at 'Eggseter St David's' station and received a chocolate easter egg. The Easter Eggspress was hauled by our oldest locomotive 'Robert' which handled 14 return trips over the course of the weekend. Such was the populartiy of the event that the first day was very nearly sold out before we even started running.
We also ran a normal service to Willow Lawn and back for those who just wanted a standard train ride and the good weather helped to boost passenger numbers so much so that nearly every train was full on Easter Monday. It was pretty hard work for the volunteers to deal with the crowds at times but we managed it and we hope to repeat the success of this year with a similar event next year!
We hope you enjoyed your ride if you visited us over the Easter weekend and we thank you for your support.