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.
Latest News (most recent at the top)
What's coming up over the next few weeks...
Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th March - Observe Jupiter from Ruilsip Lido
In support of National Astronomy Week the West of London Astronomical Society invites you to observe Jupiter and other night sky objects on Willow Lawn at Ruislip Lido from 7pm to 9pm on the 7th, 8th & 9th March 2014. There is no admission charge and our Tea Room at Willow Lawn Station will be open for the sale of refreshments.
For details and last minute news on weather prospects please click HERE
Sunday 30th March - Mother's Day
On Sunday 30th March mums get to travel FREE! All you need to do is print off one voucher for each mum that travels and as long as each mum is also accompanied by another fare paying passenger, they get their ride completely free.
Click HERE for details.
Sunday 20th April - Easter Eggspress
More details to follow very soon.
Sunday 11th May - Railway Open Day
After a break of a year, our popular Railway Open Day is back! Run in conjunction with the Woodlands Day being held on Willow Lawn the Ruislip Lido Railway opens its doors to the public for a behind the scenes look at what we do to keep the railway running. An intensive train service will be in operation and our Workshop & Yard will be open to the public with locomotives on display for children (and adults!) to sit in.
A big thank you
We are extremelly grateful for the very generous donation by Aaron at Discount Displays, for the desktop display stand that they have kindly donated. This piece of equipment will be used be our Marketing department to showcase displays both at the railway and off site. Thank you :)
Join now to help keep Ruislip Lido Railway running!
Since 1979 the Society has operated, developed and maintained the Ruislip Lido Railway. Our progress however has created the continual need for more volunteers. Whether you want to Guard or Drive our trains, work with our team of engineers in our workshop or help in our busy Shop and Tea Room, there certainly is a job for everyone!
No formal qualifications are needed as all training is given. If you think you can spare some time to help keep the railway running we would like to hear from you. For more information Click Here