Ruislip Lido Railway

Gala Weekend 2021

Saturday, 26 June, 2021 - Sunday, 27 June, 2021

Gala Weekend 2021

In June 2019, we celebrated 40 years of the Ruislip Lido Railway Society, the group of volunteers who run and maintain the railway today. However the railway opened long before the Society was formed, with the first trains running shortly after the end of the Second World War in 1945.

To mark 75 years of the railway since the railway opened, we did plan on hosting a special weekend of intense running with our Workshop open for people to come in and learn about the history of our railway. However, Coronavirus put all that on hold last year and so rather than cancel it fully, we have decided to attempt to run it again this year!

The Workshop will be open for you to look around free of charge on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Septmber, between 11am & 5pm. Everyone will be required to wear a face covering whilst inside the building unless Government restrictions change.

Highlights include: 

  • Workshop & Yard area open to the public with staff on hand to explain what we do and answer any of your questions.
  • See the overhaul progress on our steam locomotive 'Mad Bess'
  • Our track maintenance vehicles will be on display with descriptions of what they are and what we use them for.
  • The Turntable Tea Room will be open at Willow Lawn for all your refreshment needs
  • Our Shop will be open at Woody Bay selling all the must have railway items.
  • Information on how you can become a volunteer on Britain's longest 12 inch gauge railway.

We will be operating a special intense timetable featuring 3 sets of carriages and 4 locomotives in service.

Service A:  Woody Bay > Willow Lawn > Woody Bay
Service B:  Willow Lawn > Haste Hill (non-stop via Woody Bay) > Willow Lawn
Service C:  Woody Bay > Haste Hill > Woody Bay

A special Day Rover ticket will be available on the day, allowing unlimited travel on all trains

Adult Day Rover - £5

Child Day Rover - £4

Standard fares will only be available on the normal service train, service A.

A copy of the working timetable will be available to download from this page in early June.

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