Ruislip Lido Railway



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)

Open House Weekend - 19th & 20th September

We are pleased to finally announce that we are holding an Open Weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 19th & 20th as part of the 'London Open House' weekend. A few key points to note:
- A two train service will operate on both days. Trains run every 20 minutes from 11:00 until 17:20. All trains will be double headed with 2 locomotives, using the 4 big diesels.
- Normal fares apply, however special rover tickets will also be available on each day giving unlimited travel.
- Our workshop building and yard area will be open on both days, from 11:00 - 17:00. In line with current regulations, face coverings are required if you wish to enter into the workshop building. Face coverings are not required in the outdoor yard area, and there is the option to enter straight to the yard, if you prefer not to enter via visiting the workshop and wearing a face covering as above.
- Social distancing guidelines and suitable mitigating arrangements will be in place to ensure the event is safe for all. A one way system will be in operation through the workshop and yard area, and numbers within the site will be kept to a safe level.
- Our usual open day attractions will be on offer; various displays, the chance to view our rolling stock and vehicles up close, a dedicated stand to find out about volunteering, the chance to find out more about and purchase the new RLR book, and a chance to see the current progress on the overhaul of our steam locomotive 'Mad Bess'.

Santa Specials 2020 - IMPORTANT UPDATE

At this time of year we would ordinarily be preparing to launch tickets sales for our 2020 Santa Specials.

After much consideration and thought, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Santa Specials this year.

We are currently running with social distancing in place, however this is likely to be very impractical for the Santa Specials in December and given Santa’s age we have some early signs from the North Pole that even he will be socially distancing this year.

The event is extremely popular with our visitors and volunteers alike, but due to the social distancing measures we are also running with far fewer volunteers than usual and putting on the same high quality event is always our priority.

We are hopeful the Santa Specials will return in the December 2021, the event we all know and love.

We will replace the Santa Specials with a usual weekend running service, which will be updated on our website shortly.

Thank you as always for your support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update (24th June 2020)

We are delighted to announce that following changes announced yesterday to Government Guidance, the Ruislip Lido Railway will re-open on Saturday 4th July for passenger service.

Due to volunteer availability we will be running a revised timetable which can be viewed on here. Please note that the timetable is subject to change throughout the month. Please check our website, Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.

What measures are in place?

We have adopted a number of changes to how we will operate to ensure the safety of our volunteers and passengers, this includes:

  • Limiting capacity on all trains by 50%, this will involve all customers being assigned designated seats by our volunteers
  • Running additional trains where volunteer availability permits
  • Revised boarding and disembarking routes
  • Changes to buying your tickets (note, we will not be accepting cash for the time being)

We have produced the following short video which will help explain some of the changes we have made to keep everyone safe.

Ruislip Lido

Ruislip Lido remains open, however a number of facilities on the site are different than usual.

  • The Turntable Tea Room (Willow Lawn Station) will remain closed.
  • San Remo Café (Woody Bay Station) will be open for a limited take-away service.
  • Public Toilets are only available at Willow Lawn Station.
  • The Beach area and Splashpad remain closed.

Further information is available by visiting

Keeping Everyone Safe

Ruislip Lido is a fantastic facility and we are keen to welcome many of our well-known passengers back onboard.

We kindly ask all visitors to be respectful in their use of the facilities, ensuring social distance is maintained so that the facilities can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Please feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook if you would like any further information on the measures in place.

We look forward to welcoming you back onboard soon.

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