Special events on the Ruislip Lido Railway


2024 Steam Gala

Saturday, 4 May, 2024 - Monday, 6 May, 2024

Steam Gala Logo v1

Saturday 4th May 2024 (11:00 - 15:30)
Sunday 5th May 2024 (11:00 - 17:00)
Monday 6th May 2024 (11:00 - 17:00)

2024 Steam Gala - May 4th, 5th & 6th

Our first gala weekend of the year will take place on May 4th, 5th & 6th. We are delighted to have 'Sherpa' joining us from the Fairbourne Miniature Railway for the gala - a huge attraction running alongside our steam locomotive 'Mad Bess'.

This will be Sherpa's first visit to the lido - We can't wait to welcome the team from Fairbourne and see Sherpa out and about on the line. 

A 15 minute service using 3 trains will be in operation throughout the weekend.

John Rennie and Bayhurst will be in use on the driver for a fiver experience, giving you the chance to take control of both locomotives for a 750m run up the line to Wellington Junction - a real gem of an opportunity and something not to miss out on.

All ticket types, including rover tickets can be purchased on the day, or in advance via our website (tickets go on sale in early 2024)


Highlights include:

  • Visiting locomotive "Sherpa" from the Fairbourne Miniature Railway.
  • Workshop & Yard area open to visitors with volunteers on hand to explain what we do and answer any of your questions.
  • All available locomotives on display in the yard for children (and adults!) to look at and sit in.
  • Our track maintenance vehicles will be on display with descriptions of what they are and what we use them for.
  • Become a Driver for a Fiver with a return trip up the line under the supervision of one of our expert Instructors.
  • The Turntable Tea Room will be open at Willow Lawn for all your refreshment needs and there will also be a small display of pictures and other information.
  • 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 hope you will be able to come and visit us on what is always a popular day. 

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