Ruislip Lido Railway

Welcome

 

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)

Railway re-opens on Saturday 30th

UPDATED 21:30 29/03/18 - Service on Good Friday (30th) CANCELLED due to the poor weather.

Following our longer than usual winter shutdown period we are pleased to announce that the Ruislip Lido Railway will commence the new running season from the Easter weekend.  For those of you who are regular visitors to the railway you will notice quite a few changes which we hope will improve your visit.

Trains will be running to our yellow timetable (12.00 - 17.00) over the Easter weekend and the red timetable (12.20 - 16.20) for the remaining weekends in April.  To see the rest of our running dates for 2018 please go to the Timetable & Fares page of this website.

Easter Eggspress

Please note that due to the building works in conjunction with our new Workshop, the Easter Eggspress will not be operating this year. The Easter Bunny hopes to return in 2019!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Car Parking

As of Monday 12th June 2017, the London Borough of Hillingdon (LBH) have introduced changes to the two car parks at Ruislip Lido. Except for visitors to the Waters Edge restaurant, blue badge holders and holders of ‘HillingdonFirst’ cards, all other cars using the main car park (the one at the end of the road on the left) must now purchase a car parking ticket from the Pay & Display machines.

For full details, please visit the LBH’s Ruislip Lido page here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/32416/Parking

Please note, the Ruislip Lido Railway is not responsible for the Lido car parks, and all queries relating to car parking should be directed to the London Borough of Hillingdon.

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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