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)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update (6th April 2020)

Due to the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the UK, we wanted to share with you updates on planned events and our service.

Train Service
We will endeavour to start running trains again once the Government and the RLR deems it safe to do so, therefore for the time being, the RLR will remain closed until further notice. We will post regular updates on our website and Facebook pages.

Easter Eggspress
We had previously rescheduled this event from April to June, however the continued situation means we no longer believe it will be feasible to prepare and staff this event in June and therefore, we have had to take the very difficult decision to cancel this event completely.

We appreciate this will be disappointing news for those booked to travel. If you were booked to visit for this event you should now have received an E-Mail, however if you have not received the E-Mail or have any further questions please contact advancebooking [at] ruisliplidorailway [dot] org

The Easter Bunny had kindly agreed to donate all his Easter Eggs to our amazing NHS heroes and those most impacted by COVID-19.

75th Gala
We have also made the decision to delay our 75th Gala celebration.

We feel it’s important to celebrate this amazing achievement fully, so we will now look to celebrate the Railway’s 75th anniversary in June 2021.

Visiting the Lido
Whilst we are experiencing a period of beautiful weather we want to remind people to take social distancing seriously and avoid visiting Ruislip Lido for gatherings, the area can be busy which makes social distancing very difficult. We strongly feel the safest thing you can do is stay away from Ruislip Lido. By staying at home, your protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.

On behalf of everyone at the society we would like to say an enormous thank you to each and every person helping to tackle COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK, we have made the decision to temporarily close the Ruislip Lido Railway.

Whilst a decision to temporarily close is always difficult, we have a responsibility to keep our customers and our volunteers safe, ensuring we do everything we can to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

The Railway, including our Tea Room and Gift Shop, will be closed from Saturday 21st March 2020 until further notice.

Please visit the London Borough of Hillingdon's website for details about the status of the Lido & car parks.

For customers booked on our Easter Eggspress trains, please see a separate E-Mail sent to you. If you have not received this E-Mail please contact advancebooking [at] ruisliplidorailway [dot] org (advancebooking [at] ruisliplidorailway [dot] org).

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we look forward to welcoming you back on board in the near future.

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