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)

Out-of-date Santa Specials 2020 advert on Facebook

The Santa Specials this year are CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are aware of an individual on Facebook who is currently advertising that our Santa Specials will operate on the 12th December. This unfortunately is causing a lot of confusion because the page looks very much like our official page. We have contacted the individual on multiple occasions to request that they remove the post but to date, it remains live. We have now referred the matter to Facebook.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update (31st October 2020)

Following the announcement by the Government regarding the second national lockdown in England, we have cancelled all train services on the railway for the whole of November. Services will not operate from now until at least the 5th December, subject to restrictions being lifted. 

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.

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